Vikings considering all options with Kirk Cousins out for the season with torn Achilles


October 31, 2023

Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell said that with Kirk Cousins out for the season the team will consider every option available to replace him at quarterback.

Kirk Cousins has played his last game for the Vikings in the 2023 season. If he's going to play for them again, he will have to come back from a major injury at age 36 and sign a new contract with the team.

An MRI on Monday morning showed Cousins tore the Achilles tendon in his right heel, confirming what a source said Sunday was the quarterback's initial diagnosis. He will need surgery and will miss the rest of the season, after which he is set to become a free agent. The timeline for his surgery and recovery will be determined this week, the team announced.

Cousins was injured when he dropped back on a third-and-19 from the Packers 22 with 10:30 left in Sunday's game. His Achilles ruptured when he planted his cleat in the Lambeau Field grass; based on his conversation with the quarterback after the injury, coach Kevin O'Connell said Sunday, he thought Cousins' cleat got caught in the grass at Lambeau Field.


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