Kirk Cousins injury: Vikings QB suffers season-ending right Achilles tear in NFL Week 8 victory vs Packers

Among the horrible start of the NFL teams, the Minnesota Vikings got a spot after losing their first three games at a stretch. The losing streak subsequently linked Kirk Cousins’ name with potential trade rumors though the quarterback was adamant to showcase flashes of his athletic prowess.

Meanwhile, in Week 8, the Vikings battled Aaron Rodgers’ former team Green Bay Packers, and welcomed almost similar terrible luck as the New York Jets after they had to bench their first-string quarterback for a projected season-ending injury. 

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins suffers season-ending injury

The Vikings team snatched a sound victory over the Packers and evened their record to 4-4 in Week 8. Amid the win, they experienced a dreadful loss due to Kirk Cousin. In a trial to scramble, Cousin injured himself in the fourth quarter of the game on a third down from the Packers’ 22-yard line after being sacked by the Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark. 

In spite of striving much to put pressure on his leg and stand by himself, he seemingly failed in all ways. Soon after he was caught failing to put any weight on his right leg, all fans and the team officials understood what news they were going to receive. The Vikings team had nothing to do but sideline their underrated starter, in the eyes of Patrick Mahomes.

The fear came true, featuring Kirk’s Achilles tear which was blurted out by the team head coach Kevin O’Connell following the game. The head coach also shared that they set him to undergo some tests to learn the intensity of the injury.

Though it is still uncertain whether the Vikings star will be forced to miss the whole season or part of it, it’s sure the Vikings’ offensive lineup is going to meet some challenges in their upcoming contests. Cousin left the field completing 23 of 31 passes for 274 yards and two touchdown passes.

What is Kirk Cousins’ contract with the Vikings?

The Vikings and Kirk Cousins first made their knot in 2018 through a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract. It was the first fully guaranteed contract in NFL history. Following that, he has extended his contract twice with the Vikings.

Kirk Cousins
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Among them, the first one was in 2020 when he was linked with a two-year, $66 million fully guaranteed extension. Before expiring it, the Vikings got a one-year, $35 million fully guaranteed extension ready for the starter that they offered him last offseason, per Spotrac. This season the franchise quarterback will see an average base salary of $10,000,000 along with a $20,000,000 restructure bonus.

Entering the final season with the Vikings, the 35-year-old is more motivated to leave his footmark in Minnesota than ever before. Before meeting the horrible Achilles injury, the dual-threat quarterback already established his name as the leader of touchdown passes (16) while being ranked second in passing yards (2,057). 

Do you assume the Packers vs Vikings showdown is the last run of Kirk in Minnesota?

Shabiha Akter

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