Vikings G Dakota Dozier hospitalized due to COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 03: Dakota Dozier #78 of the Minnesota Vikings stands on the sideline in the fourth quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 3, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Vikings will be without offensive lineman Dakota Dozier for a while. The seventh-year guard took an urgent trip to the hospital last night due to complications from COVID-19. He reportedly had issues with his breathing. Thankfully, Dozier has since stabilized but remains in medical care for the time being.

Despite having taken the vaccine against the coronavirus, it appears to have done little to prevent significant illness in this case. In addition, head coach Mike Zimmer has said that 29 other people were in contact with Dozier, meaning that they, too, may have contracted the virus. This not only could have severe implications for the Vikings but primarily the lives at hand. Depending on how that translates, it could bring into question what becomes of the remaining Vikings season.

As the situation continues, the team will have to plan on moving forward for the rest of the week. They are scheduled to visit the LA Chargers this Sunday at SoFi Stadium. For Minnesota, they’ll need a win to creep back into playoff contention. Meanwhile, the Chargers seek to maintain their lead in the AFC West with a second straight victory.

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The Vikings have another scenario taking shape in their locker room. Star running back Dalvin Cook has had a lawsuit filed against him by his ex-girlfriend, Gracelyn Trimble. A Sargeant in the U.S Army, Trimble has accused Cook of waging physical abuse against her.

Before filing the lawsuit, per the StarTribune, both sides met in settlement discussions, but no agreement was found. From what we understand, Trimble arrived at Cook’s home seeking to gather her belongings. From there, the story becomes much more convoluted, as both sides differ on who the abuser was in this scenario.

Both the team and the NFL seem to have little involvement in all of this, but the proceedings could hamper Cook’s availability moving forward. In addition to everything else, the Vikings’ leadership will have much to steer through towards the year’s end.

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