Kirk Cousins, QB (MIN)

Returns from COVID-19 list

Minnesota activated Cousins (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday afternoon, shortly after head coach Mike Zimmer said Cousins will start Sunday's game against Chicago, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

With that, Cousins returns to the lineup and boosts the Week 18 fantasy prospects of his teammates, namely Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, K.J. Osborn and Tyler Conklin. Per Zimmer, the Vikings won't make any adjustments to playing time for their key players, despite the team having been eliminated from postseason contention.

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Ed Ingram

OL | MIN

To help protect Cousins

The Vikings selected Ingram in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, 59th overall.

Irv Smith Jr.

Irv Smith Jr.

TE | MIN

On track for camp

Smith (knee) didn't run routes at Tuesday's offseason practice, but he expects to be a full participant in training camp this summer, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Irv Smith Jr.

Irv Smith Jr.

TE | MIN

Won't be rushed back

Coach Kevin O'Connell said Tuesday that the Vikings are "going to be smart" with Smith (knee) during spring practices, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

Za'Darius Smith

Za'Darius Smith

LB | MIN

Not signing with Ravens

Smith no longer plans to sign with the Ravens, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Za'Darius Smith

Za'Darius Smith

LB | MIN

Back for Round 2 in Baltimore

Smith is signing a four-year contract with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Za'Darius Smith

Za'Darius Smith

LB | MIN

Cut loose by Green Bay

The Packers released Smith on Monday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.