COVID-19 related pneumonia sends Vikings player to hospital

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Scary news out of Minnesota on Wednesday. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said one of his players was in the hospital due to COVID-19 related pneumonia.

Zimmer did not name the player. However, ESPN reported it is guard Dakota Dozier.

“I’m not a doctor, but it was COVID pneumonia or something, he had a hard time breathing,” Zimmer said.

The Star-Tribune reported a handful of Minnesota players have been placed on the COVID-19 list.

Two more Vikings players have to stay away from the team after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, bringing the total of isolated players up to five in the past five days.

Linebacker Ryan Connelly, who played 21 snaps on special teams during Sunday’s loss in Baltimore, and practice squad tackle Timon Parris have to clear league protocols to return, with the rules varying on whether they tested positive or were a close contact, as well as vaccinated or unvaccinated.

They join safety Harrison Smith, center Garrett Bradbury, and guard Dakota Dozier who were all placed on the COVID list since Thursday.