Kevin SeifertESPN staff writer2 min read
EAGAN, MINNESOTA — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Kirk Cousins underwent surgery Wednesday morning to repair his right Achilles tendon, writing in social media posts that the procedure was a “success” and asking to “continue praying” as he begins his recovery.
The Vikings also confirmed the surgery, saying, “The team will continue to provide updates, as appropriate, during Cousins’ recovery process.”
Cousins was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after the injury occurred Sunday in the Vikings’ 24-10 win over the Green Bay Packers.
He was having what coach Kevin O’Connell called “his best season in the NFL.” Through Week 8, Cousins was tied for the league lead in touchdown passes (18), ranked second in passing yards (2,331) and had the 10th-best QBR (63.5).
His contract will be voided in March, after the deadline for teams to apply the franchise tag, which would give Cousins a guaranteed trip to free agency if he wants one. But O’Connell on Tuesday indicated a strong desire to bring him back for the 2024 season.
“I know he’s going to be a free agent after this season, but Kirk knows how I feel about him, and that’s going to be something that hopefully works out,” O’Connell said.
Rookie Jarren Hall will replace Cousins in the starting lineup Sunday at the Atlanta Falcons. On Tuesday, the Vikings acquired veteran Joshua Dobbs from the Arizona Cardinals, and will be ready to replace Hall if needed.
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