For the first time this regular season, the Minnesota Vikings have placed a player on their reserve/COVID-19 list.
The team has announced that cornerback Harrison Hand, who missed the Vikings’ loss to Arizona last week with an injury, has been placed on the list. The team has not (and can not) clarify whether or not Hand has actually tested positive himself or was merely a close contact of someone that did, so the amount of time that he will miss is not yet known.
As things stand right now, the Vikings have not designated anyone as being a close contact with Hand that might also put them on the COVID-19 list. During Training Camp, when quarterback Kellen Mond tested positive for COVID-19, both Kirk Cousins and Nate Stanley were designated as close contacts and had to be away from the team for five days as a result. If any unvaccinated players are deemed as close contacts, they will also have to be away from the team for at least five days.
If a player has to be away from the team for even five days, starting today, it means that they would miss Sunday’s home opener against the Seattle Seahawks. We’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope that won’t be the case.
Hand has not seen any time in the base defense yet this season, having played 22 snaps on special teams against Cincinnati before missing last week’s game in Arizona.
Again, the Vikings have placed cornerback Harrison Hand on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Once we get more of the particulars, we will pass them along to you.