Vikings remove first-round pick from Reserve/COVID-19 list

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Justin Jefferson
(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Justin Jefferson /

Justin Jefferson can now begin practicing with the Minnesota Vikings.

Heading into this year’s training camp, the Minnesota Vikings probably figured that they would have to put a few players on their Reserve/COVID-19 list.

With the COVID-19 virus being so widespread throughout the country, the Vikings were prepared for some of their guys to test positive when they arrived to camp this summer.

Since players starting checking into training camp almost two weeks ago, Minnesota has been forced to place a few of them on the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list. Among those who were put on the list was rookie wide receiver, Justin Jefferson.

Jefferson is the Vikings top draft pick this year and many expect him to make an immediate impact for the team during the upcoming season. However, some of those expectations were put into a bit of doubt after Minnesota placed him on their Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Justin Jefferson added to Minnesota Vikings active roster

Jefferson got some good news on Tuesday when the Vikings decided to add him to their active roster and remove him from the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Minnesota has already posted a video online of their 2020 first-round pick getting set with his equipment and walking around the team’s practice facilities.

To be clear, placement on the Reserve/COVID-19 list isn’t necessarily the result of testing positive for the virus. A player can also be added to the list if he has recently come in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Jefferson will now be able to join his Vikings teammates on the practice field and catch passes from quarterback Kirk Cousins for the first time. Hopefully, it won’t take the young receiver too long to catch up on the things he missed while he was away.

In addition to removing Jefferson from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, Minnesota also took rookie safety Brian Cole II off the list on Tuesday and added him to their active roster. Unfortunately, the Vikings did announce a new addition to the list in second-year defensive tackle Armon Watts.

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The players who are currently on Minnesota’s Reserve/COVID-19 list are Watts, rookie offensive guard Tyler Higby, linebacker Cameron Smith, and offensive tackle Oli Udoh.