Purple Headlines of the Week: More Vikings Injuries, a Preposterous Kirk Cousins Theory, Anthony Barr Comes Home
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
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?
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
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…
As always, we have a list of additional reading for the especially studious Vikings fans. Happy reading!
- Week 12’s Vikings-Bears Game Remains on MNF
- Previewing This Week’s Vikings Game: Week 11 at Denver Broncos
- Updates on the Infirmary: A Complete Summary of the Vikings’ Injury Woes
- The Broncos and Vikings: Two Improbable Comeback Stories Come to a Head in Week 11
The View from VT: Goodbye Quarterback, a Star Returns, & Tipping their Hand
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.