Covid Hits Vikings Roster Once Again

Oct 3, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) runs the ball against Minnesota Vikings defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson (94) at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports

The unfortunate news emerged that FA addition Dalvin Tomlinson has been placed on the Covid-19 list. This is simply one more instance of the Vikings roster needing to deal with Covid.

Here is Ben Goessling’s clarification on how things will proceed with Tomlinson:

The team did not say whether he tested positive for the coronavirus. Tomlinson has said he is unvaccinated, but could be on the list for contact tracing protocol and return in five days, which would enable him to play on Sunday. Otherwise, he’ll be out for 10 days.

Obviously, fans want Tomlinson to be available as soon as possible. He is, after all, one of the team’s most important defenders. His short and long-term health, though, are of far more importance than mere football. First and foremost, the hope ought to be that Tomlinson gets healthy and stays healthy. Ideally, he’s not even sick in the first place and that this is contact tracing.

The run defense is much improved in recent weeks, and he is no small part of that. The Vikings roster has already dealt with more than its fair share of Covid absences and injuries. To go on a playoff run, the team will need to be at as close to 100% as possible.

The article provides a succinct summary of Tomlinson’s impact this year: “Tomlinson has started all 10 games for Minnesota this season. He has recorded 26 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a pass defended and a fumble recovery in his first season with the Vikings.”

Many Vikings fans seem to be sleeping on the 49ers. They shouldn’t. Minnesota will have their hands full on Sunday. Hopefully, Tomlinson will be negative and can be part of a winning effort.