Vikings OL Dakota Dozier Hospitalized With COVID-19

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Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Dakota Dozier has been hospitalized with COVID-19, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

On Wednesday, Zimmer announced that Dozier is in the hospital in stable condition. Dozier, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week and was hospitalized after having difficulty breathing.

Zimmer said that a number of people in the Vikings organization are getting tested in order to prevent an outbreak.

“It’s serious stuff, so, I don’t know,” Zimmer said. “Like 29 guys are getting tested because of close contact, including myself. Just do what we do.” He also clarified why Dozier was hospitalized saying, “No, it was COVID. I’m not a doctor, but it was COVID pneumonia or something — he had a hard time breathing.”

Dozier is one of six players on the reserve/COVID list including center Garrett Bradbury, safety Harrison Smith, linebacker Ryan Connelly, and offensive tackle Timon Parris.

Up next for the Vikings is a trip to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers in Week 10.

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