Kirk Cousins has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play against the Packers on Sunday Night Football. Cousins self reported symptoms and then tested positive. Even under the new, revised protocols he cannot return. Cousins is unvaccinated.
Mike Zimmer has announced that the starter will be Sean Mannion who was just activated after he had COVID-19. Mannion has been in the NFL since 2015 and is 0-2 as a starter. He has 384 career yards and no touchdown passes. However, he has thrown three interceptions in his NFL career. Needless to say, Mannion has not been a great quarterback in the NFL.
What Does it Mean for the Packers?
Obviously, the Packers defense gets a little bit of a break not having to face Kirk Cousins who lit them up in the first matchup this year. However, the Packers got torched by a backup quarterback earlier this year against Baltimore. Cousins had 341 yards and three touchdowns against Green Bay in week 11. The Packers cannot take the game lightly as they have potential to clinch the one seed. The Vikings do have Dalvin Cook back who has given them trouble in the past. Also, it will be harder for Justin Jefferson to hurt the Packers without Kirk playing.
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