A vaccinated Minnesota Vikings player is hospitalized and 29 members of the organization are in the Covid-19 protocol as close contacts, the team’s head coach, Mike Zimmer, said on Wednesday.
Zimmer, who is part of the group in the protocol, did not identify the player although ESPN reported it was offensive lineman Dakota Dozier. Dozier had been placed on the reserve/Covid-19 list on Friday.
Zimmer said the player was taken to the emergency room on Tuesday night and remains in hospital in stable condition.
“He’s stable now, but it was scary,” Zimmer told reporters.
Cases of Covid-19 are surging in Minnesota, with the state adding 7,165 new cases on Tuesday, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University. Vaccines are effective at dramatically reducing the risk of serious illness and death from Covid-19, although those who are vaccinated can still fall ill from the virus.
The Vikings (3-5) are on the road this Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers (5-3).