NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys up, Colts down as preseason heats up –

Previous rank: No. 17

Like Lamar Jackson, Kirk Cousins is keeping his decision on the COVID-19 vaccine “private,” and in the meantime missed time in camp as a close-contact designation. Upon his return, the quarterback told the media about the idea of encasing himself in Plexiglass — a KirkWorld of sorts — to help ward off the virus in the Vikings’ quarterbacks room. Mike Zimmer, meanwhile, remains outspoken in his frustration with players who choose not to be vaccinated. “It’s important to be available when you’re playing football, a team sport,” Zimmer said recently. Though Cousins has insisted they are fine, the potential tension between coach and QB is a subplot to track in Minnesota.