A Minnesota Vikings player has been hospitalised due to COVID-19 ©Getty Images

A vaccinated player of the National Football League's (NFL) Minnesota Vikings was hospitalised after struggling to breath due to COVID-19.

The Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer did not identify the player but said he is in a stable condition.

"One of our players that was vaccinated, he had to go to the ER (Emergency Room) last night because of COVID," Zimmer told reporters.

"It's serious stuff.

"Like 29 guys are getting tested because of close contact, including myself."

It is claimed that Dakota Dozier is the hospitalised player ©Getty Images
It is claimed that Dakota Dozier is the hospitalised player ©Getty Images

A report on the NFL's website claims that 30-year-old offensive lineman Dakota Dozier, who was placed on the Vikings' COVID-19 list last week, was the player in hospital.

Of the 29 being tested due to close contact, the vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine in accordance with the NFL's coronavirus policy.

On Monday (November 8), the Vikings placed linebacker Ryan Connelly on the reserve/COVID-19 list, as was offensive lineman Tim Parris, taking the team to five players on the list.

Vaccinated centre Garrett Bradbury missed the Vikings' overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens due to a breakthrough case and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Defensive back Harrison Smith was also placed on the list.

Coronavirus cases are surging in Minnesota, with the state adding 7,165 new cases on Tuesday (November 9), according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University.

Minnesota, who are second in the National Football Conference North division with a 3-5 record, are set to play the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday in California.