At a time when the Minnesota Vikings have having issues just trying to field enough healthy cornerbacks to field a nickel defense, they had another significant obstacle thrown at them today.
The team has reported that they have placed rookie cornerback Cameron Dantzler on the reserve/COVID-19 list. According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP, this is contract tracing-related.
It is important to note that, as the Vikings’ statement points out, the COVID-19 list is for players who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person or persons. So, at this point, we don’t know if Dantzler has actually contracted the virus or whether or not someone he was in close proximity to over the bye week has contracted it.
If Dantzler has contracted the virus, he will miss at least one game because of the requirement to quarantine. If he has not, he will need to have two consecutive negative tests before he is allowed to return to the team. For now, he has been isolated.
This is, obviously, a significant development for the Vikings, and one that we’ll be keeping track of until we get further word on Dantzler’s status.