Kirk Cousins, Matthew Stafford, Kenny Pickett and Tyrod Taylor were the most recent quarterbacks to suffer injuries.
Cousins injured Probably the worst of the bunch. Minnesota Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said the team fears the four-time Pro Bowl QB might tear his Achilles tendon — and if an MRI confirms the tendon is torn, Cousins’ season will be over.
The 35-year-old veteran, who has never missed a game due to injury, came off the bench after suffering a non-contact injury in the fourth quarter of the season. 24-10 win in Green Bay Sunday. He was then taken to the locker room.
“I know it has to be an injury that makes him physically unable to play because if it comes down to taking the pain or choosing to go out on the football field, Kirk Cousins is going to be out on the field,” O’Connell said.
“We’ll find out how serious it is and let you guys know what my injury fear is right now. When we confirm that as an organization we’ll try to move forward in the short term knowing that I’m not sure anyone in this league overall has been playing as well as Kirk at the position this year.”
The Vikings may have a hard time matching Cousins’ production with other quarterbacks on their roster. Jarren Hall, a fifth-round rookie out of BYU, replaced him on Sunday. Minnesota has veteran Nick Mullins on injured reserve and Sean Mannion on its practice squad.
Stafford It can’t end A lopsided loss in Dallas due to a thumb injury. He also bloodied his elbow catching a two-point conversion at the Rams 43-20 loss to the Cowboys. Rams coach Sean McVay said he did not know the extent of Stafford’s injury.
Beckett W Taylor Both ribs affected.
Pickett left the Pittsburgh game in the first half after taking a hard shot from Jaguars defenseman Adam Gotsis. Backup Mitch Trubisky threw two interceptions and The Steelers lost 20-10 to visiting Jacksonville. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin did not have an update on Beckett’s injury.
Taylor was taken to the hospital to be evaluated after injuring his ribs in the first half of the New York Giants game. 13-10 Overtime loss to Jets. The team said Taylor will remain in the hospital overnight.
Taylor started his third game with Daniel Jones, who was sidelined with a neck injury.
Tommy DeVito, an undrafted rookie from Illinois and Syracuse and a New Jersey native, replaced Taylor and threw just one pass in regulation. He scored on a 6-yard run that gave the Giants the lead in the third quarter and finished 2-of-7 for minus-1 yard.
Atlanta’s Desmond Reeder was evaluated for a concussion and recovered, but the Falcons turned to Taylor Heinicke in the third quarter. 28-23 loss to Tennessee. Coach Arthur Smith said he removed Ryder as a precaution.
“I’ll listen to the medical experts and see how this week goes,” Smith said when asked which quarterback will start next week.
Titans rookie running back Will Levis threw four TDs in his NFL debut filling in for Ryan Tannehill, who is out with an ankle injury.
Many QBs played through injuries. Jalen Hurts, who wore a knee brace in the second half of last week’s game, threw four TDs in 38-31 win in Washington. Brock Purdy started for the 49ers against Cincinnati after suffering a concussion last Monday.
The Browns, who played in Seattle, were without Deshaun Watson again due to a shoulder injury.
Gardner Minshew made his fourth start with Indianapolis at 38-27 loss to visiting New Orleans. Colts rookie running back Anthony Richardson underwent season-ending shoulder surgery earlier this month.
The Jets lost four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers to a torn Achilles tendon in the first quarter of Week 1. Joe Burrow started every game for the Bengals but struggled throughout September with a calf injury that forced him to miss training camp.