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Sport: Vikings' Kirk Cousins, Nate Stanley expected to return Thursday from COVID-19 list

Jets captain Blake Wheeler symptomatic with COVID-19, out at least four games

  Jets captain Blake Wheeler symptomatic with COVID-19, out at least four games Per the terms for the 2021-22 NHL season, Wheeler must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, be declared free of symptoms, and receive the approval of a doctor before he can return to action. All players on the winless Jets are vaccinated against the coronavirus, and the club has thus far reported no additional positive test results. Wheeler has no goals and one assist thus far on the campaign. Jets head coach Paul Maurice admitted his team was "tight" on Monday after Wheeler entered the league's COVID-19 protocol, but forward Andrew Copp was able to somewhat joke about things Tuesday.

The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly responsible for the NFL's lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate among players and recently placed three quarterbacks on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

a child wearing a hat: Kirk Cousins is expected to return to practice Thursday after spending five full days on the COVID-19 list. © Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Kirk Cousins is expected to return to practice Thursday after spending five full days on the COVID-19 list.

According to Courtney Cronin of ESPN, Minnesota starting signal-caller Kirk Cousins and backup Nate Stanley are expected to return to practice Thursday after spending five full days on the COVID-19 list. Both were deemed high-risk close contacts when rookie quarterback Kellen Mond tested positive for the coronavirus.

Jets assign 2020 first-round pick Cole Perfetti to AHL

  Jets assign 2020 first-round pick Cole Perfetti to AHL Perfetti played in 32 games with Manitoba last season when the OHL campaign was canceled and actually did quite well. Despite being younger than almost all of his opponents, the 2020 first-round pick racked up 26 points in 32 games for the Moose. Now he’ll get the chance to build on that performance and continue his professional career, instead of returning to the OHL where he had already proved his dominance. Perfetti made the Jets lineup out of camp but was a healthy scratch on Tuesday night as Winnipeg decided to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen against the Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer would not say when Mond, who must miss at least 10 days per the league's protocols, may be back at practice.

Vikings cornerback and eight-time Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson has campaigned for more of his teammates to get their COVID-19 vaccine shots amid reports that only 64.5% of Minnesota players are fully vaccinated. Both Zimmer and club owner Mark Wilf have expressed concerns and frustrations over players refusing to receive one of the available and safe vaccines.

To compare, at least 27 NFL teams have reached the 85% vaccination threshold among players. The league is threatening to make teams forfeit if they can't play during a week this season because of a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated personnel, and it also said it can withhold game checks for matchups not completed due to coronavirus-related issues. Unvaccinated players can be fined $14,650 each time they violate any COVID-19 protocols.

4 quarterbacks the Vikings can pursue as Kirk Cousins insurance

  4 quarterbacks the Vikings can pursue as Kirk Cousins insurance With his stance on being vaccinated against COVID-19 absolutely clear now, here are some quarterbacks the Vikings can pursue as Kirk Cousins insurance. For a night practice on July 31, the Minnesota Vikings had one quarterback available--Jake Browning. Rookie Kellen Mond tested positive for COVID -19, with Kirk Cousins and Nate Stanley deemed high-risk close contacts. The strong insinuation was all of the latter three are not vaccinated, while Browning is. Based on the NFL's protocols, without venturing into any other discussion, two people within a team practically have to be vaccinated–the head coach and the starting quarterback.

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The San Jose Sharks are still reeling from a COVID-19 scare that sidelined multiple players and head coach Bob Boughner over the weekend. © Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports Team Teal placed multiple players in COVID protocol, and captain Logan Couture was scratched from the lineup due to being "under the weather" just a couple hours before Saturday's game against the Winnipeg Jets. Couture and forward Andrew Cogliano, who was placed in the protocol, returned to practice on Monday morning, while Erik Karlsson, Radim Simek, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Jacob Middleton, Jonathan Dahlen and Matt Nieto remained absent.

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