Kirk Cousins, quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, is suspected to have ruptured his Achilles during the team’s victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Kevin O’Connell, the head coach of Minnesota, made this announcement in his post-game remarks. It soured Minnesota’s feelings about a third consecutive win.
Many reports claim that Cousins has indeed torn his Achilles. However, an MRI is needed to confirm the Vikings’ belief.
The loss of their franchise quarterback who was playing well in their recent win streak is a blow for the Vikings.
Cousins’s safety was in doubt when, with the Vikings leading 24-10 at the end of the fourth quarter, he got sacked by Packers lineman Kenny Clark. Cousins hopped off the field without putting his right foot on the ground.
Kirk Cousins hobbled to the sidelines and his currently being looked at after being hit on the previous play. pic.twitter.com/YpAW42Ese6
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Cousins’ pain was evident as the trainers approached him. The injury was initially attributed to an ankle problem, but replays showed that the same injury had affected New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Week 1.
Rodgers was nursing his surgically repaired Achilles. This is why so many immediately drew a comparison.
Cousins completed the game with 23 of 31 passes for 274 yards, two touchdowns passing, and no interceptions.
Cousins, whose season is likely to be over soon, ends his 12th NFL campaign – and sixth with the Vikings. He finished with 2,331 yards passing and 18 touchdowns in eight games.
The Vikings are in a state of uncertainty as they try to understand the loss of Cousins to their roster. Jaren Hall, a fifth-round draft pick who was drafted after Cousins’ injury, made his NFL debut on Sunday. He threw for 23 yards. Jaren Hall, a BYU product, threw 3,171 yards and 31 touchdowns for the Cougars last season.
The NFL trade deadline falls on Tuesday. Perhaps the Vikings will make a move to get a veteran quarterback who can lead their offense for the remainder of the season. Minnesota is still in the playoff hunt despite Cousins’ departure.
The free agent market will be the only option if a deal cannot be made. Otherwise, they can trust Hall for the remainder of the season.