Kirk Cousins Likely Out For Season

Written by: Nate Wyrsch

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Kirk Cousins with teammates after Thanksgivings night game

Kirk Cosuins Injury

Vikings starting quarterback Kirk Cousins was injured in the 4th quarter of the Packers game on Sunday. He was carted off the field from the sideline and did not return to the game.

It is believed that he has suffered an Achilles tendon tear, although it will not be confirmed until Monday after he undergoes further testing. If the Vikings' worst nightmare is true, however, Cousins will be done for the year.

Cousins and the Vikings dominated the Packers before the injury occurred, and ended up winning the game 24-10. Cousins threw 23-31, with 274 yards and 2 touchdowns before he was carted off.

Cousins' Season So Far

On the season, Cousins has been tearing it up on the stat sheets. Going into week 8, he was third in the league in passing yards, with 2,057. Cousins has thrown for the second most touchdowns in the league with 16 total. He is also sixth in the league in pass completion percentage, completing 68.9% of throws.

Losing Cousins for the Vikings will have a huge effect on their playoff chances. They are already down one of the best receivers in football, Justin Jefferson, as he is on IR with a hamstring injury.

Minnesota started 1-4 but won three straight including today's game. Getting back to .500 was not expected, especially with Jefferson out, but they managed to find a way.

Minnesota Looking Forward

It is very unlikely they will keep their winning ways going now that they are missing their starting quarterback and number-one receiver, but they will lean on many youngsters to make it happen.

Rookie receiver Jordan Addison has had a very good year and will look to help rookie teammate Jaren Hall win games. Alexander Maddison and Cam Akers will also have to pick up a subpar running game in the absences of their two stars.


In all, the Vikings appear to have a long road ahead of them, and will likely not be a playoff team. Crazier things have happened, however. Minnesota will hope Jefferson is back soon to help out Hall and give the Vikings a chance at success throughout the remainder of the year.

This could write the end of the story to Cousins' time in Minnesota as he is a free agent at the end of the season. If he can come back healthy next year, he will be a very good and capable quarterback to whoever signs him.