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Injury update: Minnesota quality players set to make return

Several players have taken advantage of the Minnesota Vikings’ bye this week to travel to a tropical location.

That opportunity is made more difficult for Kirk Cousins, who is still recovering from an Achilles tear sustained during a victory over the Green Bay Packers on October 29.

Going to the beach seems like a hassle for the Vikings quarterback, who is still dependent on crutches to walk, but he made the most of it by diving into the ocean on all fours in a video that was uploaded to his Instagram account.

It’s not unusual for cousins to be skilled at turning lemons into lemonade. Two days after the injury, he used a scooter to attend a team function, and last month, he served Thanksgiving dinner while using two crutches.

Although Cousins hasn’t progressed as far as Aaron Rodgers, who resumed practice this week following an Achilles tear sustained in the season’s opening game, fans were joking on the video that he might eventually return to salvage the Vikings offense when Kevin O’Connell selects Josh Dobbs, Nick Mullens, or Jaren Hall to start the team’s next game against the Raiders on December 10.

Kevin O’Connell mulling three options for starting QB against Raiders

Following a disastrous 12-10 loss to the 3-8 Bears that dropped the Vikings back to.500, head coach Kevin O’Connell remained evasive when it came to the starting quarterback for the team’s upcoming bye week.

Josh Dobbs, 28, was charged with two turnovers in the Broncos game last week, and he followed that up with four costly interceptions in Monday’s defeat.

“There’s no question the turnovers are a critical, critical reason all season long as a major contributing factor behind us not finding those Ws throughout the year,” O’Connell stated.

“In the end, the most important thing, especially when our defense is playing as well as our defense did last night, is to try to limit the self-inflicted wounds of turnovers.”

“We’ll take the time over these next couple days to really evaluate, not only Monday night, but the previous body of work and just see where we’re at as an offense knowing that we’ll get Justin [Jefferson] back in this offense to solidify our skill group,” he said.

“I believe that in order to determine what position gives us the best chance to win, you need to consider our skill group as a whole, starting with our quarterback position. I don’t believe there is a set schedule, but as staff, we will talk and get ready as needed.”

The Vikings will once again have one of the best receiving groups in the league when Justin Jefferson returns following the bye week. For the past seven weeks, tight end T.J. Hockenson and rookie receiver Jordan Addison have excelled while Jefferson has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury. Over the past few weeks, journeymen receiver Brandon Powell has also displayed flashes of talent, giving the Vikings yet another potent receiving threat.

After only a few days with Minnesota, Dobbs—who had joined the team at the trade deadline—was compelled to play against the Falcons. After starting that Falcons game, fifth-round rookie quarterback Jaren Hall of the Vikings suffered a concussion close to the end of a nine-play, 74-yard drive that resulted in a field goal for the Vikings.

Now free of the concussion protocol, Hall appears to be a candidate to take over as the team’s offensive leader alongside backup journeyman Nick Mullens.

“As a possibility, we’ll definitely look at Nick Mullens, who has been here the longest and has a consistent preparation schedule. provides us with a potential confidante who we know is quite comfortable with our offense. In his little time on the field, Jaren Hall also had some excellent early performances against Atlanta before being eliminated from the contest. O’Connell stated, “I do believe that what Josh Dobbs has accomplished… cannot be discounted.”

Minnesota will have a bye before playing the Raiders in Las Vegas. With the Packers, Rams, Saints, and Buccaneers vying for the final playoff spot in the NFC, Minnesota, with a 6-6 record, holds the seventh and final spot.

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