Vikings News: Three more players added to Reserve/COVID-19 list

(Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) Ifeadi Odenigbo
(Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) Ifeadi Odenigbo /

A trio of Minnesota Vikings veterans are now on the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list.

On Monday, the Minnesota Vikings added their first group of players to their Reserve/COVID-19 list after their initial round of COVID-19 testing. All of the guys added to the list were Vikings rookies and they included Justin Jefferson, Blake Brandel, Tyler Higby, and Brian Cole II.

Well, a day after the veterans on Minnesota’s roster checked into this year’s training camp, the team announced the addition of three more players to their Reserve/COVID-19 list.

On Wednesday, the Vikings revealed that defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo, linebacker Cameron Smith, and offensive tackle Oli Udoh are joining the four rookies on the team’s COVID-19 list.

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With the addition of Odenigbo, Smith, and Odoh, Minnesota now has a total of seven players on their current Reserve/COVID-19 list.

As a reminder, this designation doesn’t necessarily mean that any of these guys have tested positive for the virus. It could be due to either a positive test or due to the player recently being in close contact with at least one person who has been infected by the COVID-19 virus.

Odenigbo is heading into a potentially career-altering season with Minnesota this year as he’s expected to emerge as the team’s other starting defensive end with Danielle Hunter.

It’s unknown how much this designation could impact his upcoming season, but Odenigbo is reportedly expected to be okay according to the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson.

Smith and Udoh are both entering their second years with the Vikings and both can’t really afford to miss much time if they’re hoping to make the team’s final 2020 roster. Obviously, their health is what is most important, but neither player is likely thrilled about the possibility of missing valuable time with Minnesota this summer.

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Full contact practices won’t begin for the Vikings until August 17. Will the seven players currently on Minnesota’s Reserve/COVID-19 list be back on the field by then?