Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) posted on his Instagram account on Tuesday that he had the cast removed from his right foot. Cousins had season-ending surgery to fix a torn Achilles just under two weeks ago and will now begin a long and grueling rehab process that he hopes will have him ready to go for full clearance by next summer at training camp. The 35-year-old will miss the rest of the 2023 season, and it remains to be seen if he'll even be back with the Vikings in 2024, as he's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent next spring. The recently acquired Joshua Dobbs will start under center for Minnesota for the rest of the 2023 campaign.
Nov 14, 2023 12:25 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) underwent surgery to repair his torn Achilles on Wednesday morning at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Eagan, Minnesota, according to the organization. The 35-year-old suffered the devastating injury in the Week 8 win over the Green Bay Packers, effectively ending his 2023 season. Cousins was playing some of the best football of his career. He was on a 17-game pace of 4,953 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns, and ten interceptions. He will be a free agent this offseason. Rookie Jaren Hall is expected to start for the Vikings in Week 9, but the newly acquired Joshua Dobbs could take over the starting role as soon as Week 10 if Hall struggles in his first NFL start.
Nov 1, 2023 10:50 AM EST
The Minnesota Vikings placed quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) on injured reserve on Tuesday after he suffered a torn Achilles in his team's Week 8 win over the Green Bay Packers. The transaction was expected as soon as Cousins' injury was officially announced but the Vikings made it official on Tuesday while also opening up roster space for newly acquired quarterback Joshua Dobbs. Cousins is expected to have surgery to repair his Achilles later this week. The Vikings will start rookie Jaren Hall in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons while Dobbs is expected to serve as the backup.
Oct 31, 2023 9:30 PM EST
As expected, an MRI exam confirmed that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) suffered a torn right Achilles in the Week 8 win over the Green Bay Packers. Cousins will miss the rest of the year, making him droppable in redraft fantasy leagues. Given the timing of the 35-year-old's devastating injury, he may not be ready to go for training camp next summer. Rookie fifth-rounder Jaren Hall took over for Cousins after his injury on Sunday, but it remains to be seen if Minnesota will use him as the starter under center in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons. The only other QB on the Vikings' roster is Sean Mannion. Cousins' injury will negatively affect his free-agent market next spring, while it also severely downgrades the fantasy upside of all the team's offensive playmakers moving forward.
Oct 30, 2023 2:08 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is feared to have suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Sunday's win over the Green Bay Packers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The veteran signal-caller will undergo an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. If the injury is confirmed, Cousins will miss the remainder of the 2023 season, delivering another blow to a Minnesota offense that is already without Justin Jefferson (hamstring). Losing Cousins would leave the Vikings with rookie Jaren Hall at quarterback, but they could certainly make an external addition via free agency or the trade market. It's worth noting that the trade deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m. EST.
Oct 29, 2023 4:46 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (ankle) exited during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. He was in extreme pain and unable to put weight on his right leg. The Vikings quickly evaluated Cousins and ruled him out for the remainder of Week 8. It's a very concerning development for Minnesota, who will turn to rookie quarterback Jaren Hall for the time being.
Oct 29, 2023 3:47 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will look to keep it rolling in Week 8 against the Packers after leading his team to an upset win over the 49ers with 378 passing yards and two touchdowns in Week 7. Cousins gave fantasy managers a boost in confidence as he was able to produce notable numbers without his All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson, as he struggled in his first game without his WR1. The Packers' defense will be another tough test for the Vikings' offense in this one, as they have allowed just 1,166 passing yards through six games this season. Fantasy managers have been shown they can trust the veteran as a QB1 option this season, but expectations shouldn't be too high coming off his strong start to the season. Cousins can be valued as a low-end QB1 option in conventional-sized formats.
Oct 27, 2023 5:55 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was terrific in Week 7's 22-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers, completing 35-of-45 passes for 378 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. It looked like Cousins was in for some more prime-time misery after he got picked off on his second throw, but he flipped that script by carving up one of the NFL's stingiest pass defenses Monday. The box score may not even do the four-time Pro Bowler justice, as Cousins repeatedly made clutch third-down throws and electric downfield plays. Cousins' scores were two strikes to Jordan Addison, with one coming on a dangerous throw over the middle that the rookie ripped away from the defender. The 35-year-old faced plenty of pressure but orchestrated his first game of the campaign without taking a sack. Cousins will be a fringe QB1/2 in Green Bay against the Packers in Week 8, still without top target Justin Jefferson.
Oct 24, 2023 12:31 AM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will look for a bounce-back effort in Week 7 after an underwhelming performance against the Bears in Week 6, as he managed just 181 passing yards. The veteran is in for a tough matchup against the 49ers defense, who have allowed just 4.5 yards per attempt to quarterbacks this season. Cousins will again be without his All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson in this one, so it looks hard to trust the Vikings signal-caller on Monday night. Although he ranks first in passing touchdowns and second in passing yards this season, fantasy managers can consider streaming a quarterback in place of the 35-year-old. Cousins has the look of a low-end QB1 at best in this matchup.
Oct 21, 2023 4:31 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 21-of-31 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown in the team's 19-13 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 6. The veteran was without his All-Pro No. 1 wide receiver Justin Jefferson on Sunday, and the offense certainly looked different without their leading receiver in this one. Moving forward, Cousins doesn't have as appealing of a fantasy outlook, but the pass-heavy Minnesota offense should keep him in the low-end QB1 discussion. Having said that, Cousins draws a nightmare matchup in Week 7 against the 49ers and is by no means a must-start option.
Oct 15, 2023 6:06 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is expected to remain with the team this year and will not look to waive the no-trade clause in his contract, short of changing unforeseen circumstances. The Vikings are 1-4 entering their Week 6 game in Chicago against the Bears, but even if they fall further out of playoff contention, Cousins is expected to stick with the organization in 2023. The 35-year-old could then renegotiate a new deal for the 2024 season. Cousins is the QB4 in overall fantasy points at his position through five games, but his fantasy stock has taken a hit with All-Pro receiver Justin Jefferson (hamstring) on Injured Reserve for the next four games. Still, he's a strong QB1 play this weekend against a porous Bears defense.
Oct 15, 2023 11:03 AM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will look to keep his strong fantasy production rolling in Week 6 versus the Bears, this time without his All-Pro wideout Justin Jefferson. Despite the loss of his No.1 target in the passing game, Cousins still looks like a solid QB1 option as he faces a Bears' secondary that has allowed 8.0 yards per attempt and 1430 passing yards through five games. Although the veteran offers little fantasy production with his legs, the Vikings pass-heavy offense gives Cousins plenty of appeal considering he averages 299.6 passing yards and leads the NFL in passing touchdowns.
Oct 13, 2023 5:44 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins bounced back after his worst season performance in Week 4, completing 29-of-47 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns in the 27-20 loss against the Chiefs. Cousins did not commit a turnover against the Chiefs after throwing two interceptions in the Week 4 win over Carolina. Five games into the season, Cousins has attempted 40 passes in a game four times and completed 30 passes three times. The game script was ideal for Cousins, as the Vikings spent most of the game playing from behind and were forced into early and frequent passing situations. He has been a consistently reliable starting option every week, and the passing volume of the Vikings bodes well for the rest of his season. Cousins has an excellent opportunity to maintain his output in the upcoming matchup against the Bears, who allow the most passing yards in the NFL.
Oct 9, 2023 6:00 AM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will look to keep his strong production through four weeks going against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Week 5. Cousins has averaged 303 passing yards per game and has thrown 11 touchdown passes through four games to start the season, putting him firmly in the QB1 discussion on a weekly basis. He faces a Chiefs defense that has allowed the eighth-fewest passing yards to this point, but a potential pass-heavy game script for the Vikings makes Kirk Cousins a solid QB option for fantasy managers this week.
Oct 6, 2023 4:46 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 12-of-19 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the team's 21-13 win over the Panthers. Despite getting their first win of the season, Cousins had unfavorable fantasy production as he threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Despite his struggles in this one, the veteran has put up strong numbers in the first month of the season as he is now up to 11 passing touchdowns through four games. Fantasy managers can continue to treat him as a QB1 option in Week 5 against the Chiefs, as the Vikings will likely be airing it out in an attempt to keep up with Patrick Mahomes and company.
Oct 1, 2023 7:55 PM EST
The Minnesota Vikings entered the Week 4 contest against the Carolina Panthers with an 0-3 record, but NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports there is zero chance that the Vikings would consider trading All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson this year. As for quarterback Kirk Cousins, he's on pace to throw for over 6,000 yards in 2023. He is eligible to become a free agent next March, but he has a no-trade clause and doesn't have any logical reasons to waive it to go to a place like the New York Jets. Pelissero reports that the Vikings are not currently looking to trade Cousins. Cousins and Jefferson will continue to cook in a pass-happy Vikings offense, so fantasy managers that have either player shouldn't be too concerned moving forward.
Oct 1, 2023 1:24 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will look to keep his solid fantasy production going in Week 4 as the Vikings look for their first win of the season against the Panthers. Through three games, Cousins leads the league in passing yards (1,075) and passing touchdowns (nine) on his way to being the QB2 overall in fantasy. He now faces a Panthers' defense that hasn't allowed much through the air this season, as they have given up the ninth-fewest passing yards through three games. Nonetheless, fantasy managers can continue to treat the veteran as a QB1 option in this one.
Sep 29, 2023 4:52 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 32-of-50 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns in the team's 28-24 loss versus the Chargers in Week 3. Despite the team's 0-3 start to the season, Cousins has been putting up some solid efforts for fantasy managers as he has benefited greatly from the pass-heavy offense. The veteran has averaged 46 pass attempts through three games, which will keep him a borderline must-start QB1 option moving forward. Cousins will look to lead the Vikings to their first win in Week 4 when they take on the Carolina Panthers on the road.
Sep 24, 2023 8:39 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins looks like a must-start QB1 option in Week 3 as the veteran takes on the Los Angeles Chargers at home. Cousins has thrown for 708 yards and six touchdowns in the first two games of 2023, and he now faces the Chargers' secondary that has given up the most passing yards through the first two games of the season. Although he doesn't offer much in terms of rushing production, 88 pass attempts in two games improves the fantasy outlook of the Minnesota signal-caller. In what should be a high-scoring affair, another week of expected heavy passing volume makes Cousins a strong option for fantasy managers this week.
Sep 22, 2023 4:27 PM EST
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 31-of-44 passes for 364 yards and four touchdowns in Thursday's 34-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. After a quiet first period, the 35-year-old hooked up with T.J. Hockenson for a five-yard score to put the Vikings in the scoring column early in the second quarter. Playing in catch-up mode in the second half, Cousins uncorked a deep ball for a 62-yard Jordan Addison TD in the third quarter. K.J. Osborn then came loose for a wide-open score before Cousins connected with Hockenson for another five-yard end-zone visit in the fourth period. Cousins only took two sacks, but was still under duress for much of the night without center Garrett Bradbury (back) against Philly's ravenous defensive line. Minnesota was dominated in time of possession in this one, making Cousins' line even more impressive. The four-time Pro Bowler may have to keep letting it rip to keep pace with the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3, where Cousins will be a solid QB1 streamer.
Sep 15, 2023 12:04 AM EST