Vikings QB: Playing in Empty Stadiums Could Be 'Breath of Fresh Air'


At least one NFL star isn't bothered by the prospect of playing without fans in attendance should the league opt to do so amid the coronavirus crisis.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins said it wouldn't be a very difficult transition for most players, according to a report.

"Honestly, we practice every day in an empty grass area and pump in fake crowd noise for away games," Cousins said, according to ESPN. "But more often than not, you're used to it."

Cousins was speaking to reporters on a conference call to discuss his recently signed contract extension when the topic shifted to the issue of how games will be played should the pandemic force adjustments.

"Honestly, to go out and just play the game would kind of be refreshing, a breath of fresh air, to just let us know that we don't have to have all the smoke and the fire," Cousins explained. "We can just play football. So as long as we're playing the game, I won't have a lot of complaints, and hopefully if it's still not returned to normal, we can find a way to make it work."

Cousins and his family are spending time at his parents' home in Florida, where he will soon begin offseason "virtual" workouts, the report said.

Recently, fellow quarterback Drew Brees addressed the possibility of playing without spectators, saying it would be "weird" but adding that Americans "need sports right now."

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