Players from two of the Minnesota Vikings 2020 opponents have tested positive for the virus.
During the last few months, the Minnesota Vikings have certainly felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Vikings were forced to conduct all of their offseason activities virtually and head coach Mike Zimmer hasn’t been able to work in his office at the TCO Performance Center for a number of weeks.
There has yet to be any news of any Minnesota players or coaches testing positive for COVID-19. But there are still members of the franchise who have had family and friends heavily impacted by the virus (including Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks)
On Monday, it was revealed that several players from the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans have tested positive for COVID-19 according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. The Vikings are scheduled to face both the Cowboys and the Texans during the upcoming season.
What does this mean for the Minnesota Vikings in 2020?
Currently, there is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to determining what the impact of these positive tests might be for Minnesota and the rest of the league. Due to privacy laws, neither Dallas or Houston are required to reveal
how severely any of their players have been affected by the virus.
Rapoport was able to report that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is one of the players to test positive for COVID-19 according to Elliott’s agent. His agent also shared that the running back is, “feeling good.”
Of the players to test positive for the virus, neither Dallas or Houston believe that any of them contracted it from one of the team’s facilities. NFL players haven’t been allowed at their team’s facilities for the last few weeks unless they were rehabbing an injury.
Since this happened in June, it doesn’t seem likely that the start of the 2020 regular season will be impacted. If these players tested positive for COVID-19 during the middle of the season, however, things would probably be a lot more chaotic.
So for now, the Vikings can just continue to prepare for a Week 4 road matchup with the Texans and a Week 11 showdown inside U.S. Bank Stadium against the Cowboys in 2020.