Asked about the criticism he received for having to miss a game because of testing positive while being unvaccinated, Cousins said he would not have been able to play regardless because he was symptomatic. Even though the Chicago game does not carry postseason implications, Zimmer confirmed that Cousins won’t be the only starter playing in Week 18. Despite not practicing last week while on the reserve list, Mannion was chosen to start over Mond when the Vikings faced a must-win situation in Green Bay.
“Kellen has worked hard every day and done a great job helping our room and contributing on the practice field and in the meeting room and giving good input week to week,” Cousins said. As speculation swirls entering Week 18 that Cousins, Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman could all be on the move after another lost season, the quarterback reiterated his desire to remain with the Vikings.