After Aaron Rodgers’ Miraculous Recovery, Pat McAfee Proposes an ‘Achilles Factory’ Visit for Kirk Cousins

Published 10/30/2023, 1:45 PM EDT

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Looks like Kirk Cousins might be sidelined for the season after a rough Achilles tear in the showdown against the San Francisco 49ers. Despite the Minnesota Vikings bagging a surprise win over the Niners, Cousins took a hit for the team. He was on fire, going 23-of-31, racking up 274 yards and tossing two touchdowns, steering the Vikings to a solid 24-10 lead. 

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This injury could bench Cousins for the rest of the season, capping off his year at 2,057 yards, 16 touchdowns, and five interceptions. The seasoned 35-year-old, known for his iron-man streak, hasn’t missed an NFL game due to injury in his six years with the Vikings. Except for a COVID-19 stint in 2021.

McAfee’s playful dig: Cousins’ ticket to the ‘Achilles Recovery Factory’

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The NFL sure isn’t a stranger to pesky ACL injuries. Kirk Cousins is the latest QB to get the ACL boot this season, right after the New York Jets’ QB Aaron Rodgers. ACL tears seem to be popping up like fumbles in the league. 

And speaking of Rodgers, his lightning-fast recovery has everyone raising an eyebrow. Pat McAfee couldn’t resist taking a playful jab at it. He suggested a pilgrimage to the mythical ‘Achilles recovery factory’ for Cousins. 

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McAfee dropped the gem on social media, saying, ‘Let’s hitch Kirk Cousins a ride to the Achilles recovery factory alongside Aaron Rodgers‘. Looks like Cousins might need to speed-dial Rodgers to snag that doctor’s number!

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The Viking warrior’s journey: Kirk Cousins’ comeback clock ticking

Kirk Cousins’ road to recovery post the season-crushing injury is making headlines. Medical experts suggest he’s slated for surgery to fix that tendon trouble. But before going under the knife, Cousins will be rocking a high-tech boot, locking down any lower leg and foot movements. Post-surgery, it’s all about hitting the rehab circuit. Now, for us regular folks, bouncing back could take a lot of time. But for top-tier athletes, it’s a different ball game. With the help of some serious physical therapy, most pros get back in action within 4 to 6 months.

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Given Cousins’ veteran status and the fact that he’s hitting 36 in the 2024 NFL season. It’s more likely he’ll be eyeing a longer recovery timeline. Meanwhile, Rodgers, determined as ever, is aiming for a comeback this season. And who knows, maybe he’ll sprinkle some of that recovery magic on this Viking warrior as well!

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Jhelum Mehta is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports who seamlessly intertwines her fervor for sports with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. Graduating with honors, her writing reflects a unique fusion of literary acumen and astute sports analysis. Her journey as a wordsmith began after completing her studies, where she embarked on a path to articulate the dynamic world of the NFL.
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