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Vikings QB Kirk Cousins Undergoes Strange Offseason Surgery

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins underwent stem cell treatment on his hamstring this week in order to help bolster his recovery from a torn Achilles, via Kiya Edwards of KARE 11.

Cousins had the procedure earlier this month in Antigua.

“I don’t know what’s coming, but I know my Achilles needs to be as healthy and strong as possible, as soon as possible,” Cousins said. “I’m here in Antigua as a way to not necessarily speed up the healing process but just make sure when I do come back that my Achilles is as strong as it can possibly be and that I have a lot more football, American football left in me.”

The treatment was recommended to Cousins by Dr. Chad Prodromos, the medical director and CEO of the Prodromos Cell Treatment Institute in Chicago.

“I’ve known Kirk for a while,” Prodromos said. “The stem cells have the potential to enhance healing. They also have some benefits in enhancing overall health and recovery, which is why a lot of football players use them.”

This was Cousins’ second time in Antigua.

Cousins tore his Achilles in Week 8 of this past season, ending his 2023 campaign. During the time he was on the field this year, Cousins was brilliant, having thrown for 2,331 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 69.5 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 103.8.

The 35-year-old is set to hit free agency this offseason.

Cousins has spent the last six seasons with the Vikings, making three trips to the Pro Bowl.

The veteran was originally selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft and spent his first six years in Washington. He served as Robert Griffin III’s backup for his first three seasons before taking over as the team’s full-time starter in 2016. He made his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2017.

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