Kirk Cousins isn't the only starting quarterback the Minnesota Vikings have lost to injury during a promising season in the team's history.
Just as the Minnesota Vikings were turning their 2023 season around, quarterback Kirk Cousins went down with a season-ending Achilles tear last Sunday. The injury happened during Minnesota’s recent 24-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
The Vikings started the year with a 1-4 record, leading to trade rumors regarding Cousins. Then, beginning with a 19-13 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 6, the team won three in a row and is currently in second place in the NFC North.
Minnesota has a favorable schedule for the rest of the season, but their playoff chances are murkier without Cousins under center. Rookie quarterback Jaren Hall was named the Vikings' starter for this weekend’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. Minnesota also made a trade with the Arizona Cardinals for quarterback Joshua Dobbs on Tuesday.
This is not the first time the Vikings have lost their starting quarterback during a promising season. Let's go over four of the most deflating quarterback injuries in Minnesota's history as an NFL franchise.