For the first time in almost 10 years, Kirk Cousins is dealing with an injury

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

Included on the injury report on Wednesday for the first time in his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings was quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Every season since he became a full-time starter in 2015, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins could be counted on to throw for at least 3,600 yards and 25 touchdowns. The same can’t be said for many other passers in the NFL today.

What has allowed Cousins to remain so consistent every year is his ability to stay on the field. It’s not like the Vikings quarterback never gets hit or sacked during a game, but he’s managed to never miss a game due to injury since he signed with Minnesota in 2018.

On Wednesday, a bit of doubt was cast on Cousins’ status for the Vikings’ upcoming Week 16 game against the Los Angeles Rams when the quarterback appeared on Minnesota’s injury report for the first time ever.

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The Vikings only held a walkthrough on Wednesday, so the practice participation for Cousins was only an estimate. However, the veteran quarterback was listed on Minnesota’s injury report as a limited participant due to injured ribs.

Cousins has never been listed on the Vikings’ injury report during his entire tenure with the team, not even for something minor. The last time he was on an injury report in his NFL career was back in Week 1 of the 2013 season when he was a member of the Washington Football Team.

At this point, Cousins’ current injury doesn’t seem like it’s anything to worry about. But dealing with injured ribs while preparing for a matchup against Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald probably isn’t too thrilling for the Minnesota quarterback.

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It’s unclear when Cousins sustained the injury against Chicago, so it’s possible that his injured ribs might have played a part in him finishing the matchup with only 87 passing yards.