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Vikings activate Austin Cutting from COVID-19 list

He’s back!

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Ladies and gentlemen, our long, dark, long-snapping nightmare is over.

On Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they have activated long snapper Austin Cutting from the reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning that they will not have to bring in an emergency long snapper for Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Cutting was added to the list earlier this week, but it was not because he had tested positive for the virus himself. He had merely been in close contact with someone that had tested positive. As a result, after having five consecutive days of negative tests, he was allowed to be activated and start practicing with the team again.

The Vikings did work out a handful of long snappers this week in the event that Cutting would not be able to go on Monday. The team still does not have a backup long snapper listed on their depth chart, so we have no idea who would be pressed into duty if Cutting were to get injured during a game or something. In the past, both Jared Allen and David Morgan handled long snapping duties when the team’s primary long snapper went down, but I am unaware of anyone on the current roster that has those sorts of skills.

But, at least for now, that doesn’t matter, as the Vikings’ primary long snapper is back in the fold after having officially dodged the COVID-19 bullet.