Purple Headlines of the Week: More Vikings Injuries, a Preposterous Kirk Cousins Theory, Anthony Barr Comes Home

Dec 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) directs the defense against the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos are set to conclude the Sunday slate of action in Week 11 with a primetime matchup.

Throughout the week, Minnesota has been dealing with a number of new injuries, a few crazy theories about their future, and a reunion with a former first-round pick. In case you missed any of the purple headlines from this week, take a look down below.

More Vikings Injuries

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Nov 5, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge (12) runs past Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) after a catch during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings have been banged up in a number of different areas throughout the season, and the aftermath of Week 10 was no different.

Minnesota had to place LB Jordan Hicks on IR because of a lower leg contusion while also ruling out CB Akayleb Evans for this weekend’s action due to a calf injury. As a result, young Vikings defenders like Mekhi Blackmon, Andrew Booth, and Ivan Pace will be relied upon to fill the void.

Alexander Mattison is also listed as questionable going into Sunday, but it would be surprising if he played seeing as he suffered a concussion in Week 10 against the Saints. Ty Chandler could be in line for a big work day too if Mattison does indeed sit out this weekend.

Kirk Cousins to the Packers?

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Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark (97) pressures Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) during their football game Sunday, October 29, 2023, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Minnesota defeated Green Bay 24-10. Wm. Glasheen USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

One of the biggest questions for the Vikings next offseason will be at their quarterback spot. There has been a ton of buzz around Minnesota potentially selecting a QB early in the draft, but with Kirk Cousins’ Achilles injury, they could likely bring back the veteran at a discounted price next year.

Regardless, the latest Cousins theory involves him not only leaving the Vikings but jumping across the state border to join none other than the Green Bay Packers.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano floated the theory into the web this week during a roundtable discussion, explaining that Green Bay could look to move on from Jordan Love as their starting QB after an underwhelming first half of the year. It would be a pretty wild turn of events, but with this duo’s pedigree covering the NFL, it could be something to keep an eye on.

Anthony Barr Comes Home

Sep 8, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) reacts during the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

With Hicks heading to IR, the Vikings needed to add some extra veteran depth at their linebacker spot heading into Week 11.

Who else fits the bill of a blitzing specialist who can capture the hearts of Vikings fans better than Anthony Barr? Minnesota signed their former 2014 first-round pick to the practice squad earlier in the week, and assuming they don’t solely rely on Brian Asamoah, Troy Dye, and Pace, the linebacker could appear back in a Vikings uniform this weekend.

In Case You Missed It…

Nov 5, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) celebrates with teammates after a touchdown catch against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

As always, we have a list of additional reading for the especially studious Vikings fans. Happy reading!

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.