On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings activated one player from their reserve/COVID-19 list, but had to immediately place another player on it.
The team has activated linebacker Todd Davis from the COVID-19 list. Davis tested positive for the virus in the days leading up to the Vikings’ trip to Green Bay in Week 8 and missed both that game and the victory over Detroit this past Sunday.
He was replaced on the COVID-19 list by long snapper Austin Cutting, who is said to have not tested positive for the virus but was in close contact with someone that has. Because of this, if he has five consecutive days of negative tests he can play this coming Monday when the Vikings travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears.
The Vikings need to keep their fingers crossed and hope that Cutting is able to go. While Cutting hasn’t had his best season so far in 2020, he’s certainly better than the Vikings’ current backup long snapper, who is. . .nobody. The team doesn’t have a backup long snapper listed on their depth chart. A couple of years ago when Kevin McDermott was injured, tight end David Morgan stepped in and handled long snapping duties for the team, but he’s long gone as well.
I wonder if Jared Allen has plans for Monday night.
So, while it’s good that the Vikings got Davis back from the COVID-19 list, having to make the same move with Cutting puts them in a bit of a tricky situation. Hopefully the Vikings’ confidence that Cutting will be able to go on Monday will be rewarded.