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Vaccinated Vikings player in ER after being infected with COVID-19

More concerns about COVID-19 have hit the Minnesota Vikings this week, including a vaccinated player admitted to an emergency room on Tuesday night.

“One of our players who was vaccinated had to go to the emergency room last night because of COVID. It’s serious stuff,” coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Wednesday. “Like 29 guys are tested for close contact, including myself.”

Zimmer declined to name the hospitalized player, but said his condition is stable.

As for the 29 being tested for close contact, the NFL’s COVID-19 policy does not require vaccinated individuals to be quarantined. On Monday, the Vikings placed linebacker Ryan Connelly on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while offensive lineman Tim Parris was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list of the exhibition squad, giving the club five players designated as reserve/COVID -19. Vaccinated center Garrett Bradbury missed the Vikings’ overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens due to a breakthrough case and was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Sunday, as was defending defender Harrison Smith. Offensive lineman Dakota Dozier was placed on the list last Friday.

Zimmer was outspoken about the importance of vaccination before the season, and the club even engaged an infectious disease expert to train players.

The Vikings will face the Los Angeles Chargers on the road this week.

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