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EAGAN Minnesota Vikings Jerseys Stitched , Minn. (AP) — With his first real game for the Minnesota Vikings in the books , Kirk Cousins has another initiation coming this weekend: a visit to Lambeau Field.Cousins and the Vikings play in Green Bay on Sunday, an earlier than usual contest for control of the NFC North. The only other times since 2000 that the Vikings have faced the Packers on the road in September were the season openers in 2003 and 2008.For Cousins, well, talk about diving right in.“It’s a great opportunity to join this rivalry and hopefully put my best foot forward and get off to a great start,” said Cousins, who grew up in the Chicago area and then western Michigan and, thus, has been immersed in one of the NFL’s most storied divisions his whole life as a football follower.This will be his first playing experience at Green Bay, too. When Washington traveled there in 2013, he was the backup to Robert Griffin III. Now he’ll be the fifth Vikings quarterback to start in the last five visits to Lambeau Field.“You realize how important it is for this organization, for our fans,” Cousins said Wednesday.Cousins passed for 244 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover in a smooth Minnesota debut Discount Dru Samia Jersey , a 24-16 victory over San Francisco. The downside? All seven of his pass attempts in the fourth quarter, including one throwaway on the final play, were incomplete. That’s uncharacteristic for a quarterback who’s had a strong track record of success late in games, since he became a full-time starter in 2015. He directed two fourth-quarter comeback victories that year, four in 2016 and one in 2017.“Some quarterbacks have a reputation of doing them,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “Some quarterbacks make it so that they don’t really have to do it in the fourth quarter, too. A lot of times it’s opportunities. A lot of times it’s the team around you. There are so many variables.”All eyes will be on Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, whose status for Sunday will be a mystery until pregame warmups . So Cousins could fly a little lower on the radar for this one than his normal front-and-center situation after signing his $84 million, fully guaranteed contract with the Vikings this year. The circumstances were different, but Cousins already has two strong performances against the Packers on his resume.Though Washington lost that playoff game at home on Jan. 10, 2016, Cousins completed 29 of 46 passes for 329 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. The following season when Green Bay returned to FedEx Field Super Bowl Dru Samia Jersey , Cousins went 21 for 30 for 375 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a victory.“I’ve taken a lot of steps as a player and in my confidence,” Cousins said, reflecting on his progress since those matchups. “So I think that’s true of all of us in the league. The longer we play, the more we’re out there, the more we’re able to be in the fire and playing through mistakes and learning, it helps us be that much better the next time we go out.”The Vikings are pleased to be the beneficiaries.“The last two years, we’ve had a new quarterback by Week 2,” tight end Kyle Rudolph said. “The last few years we’ve been in a situation with a new quarterback that we didn’t get many reps with during the offseason. It is nice to be out there with a guy we’ve been working with since the middle of April and build a rapport with.” On Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings released their initial injury report as they started preparations for their game on Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The injury list for the Vikings has gotten much shorter over the past few weeks, which is a positive sign, but there are still a couple of significant names on the list.The big one is that of linebacker Eric Kendricks, who was the only member of the team to sit out of Wednesday’s practice session. Kendricks was limited in a couple of practices last week because of a rib issue Dru Samia Jersey nfl draft , but this is being listed as a hamstring injury, so it’s a completely new injury he’s dealing with. I’m not sure if he injured himself in the win over the Dolphins, and if so I’m not sure when he did it. Still, it was enough to have him sitting out this afternoon.Three members of the Vikings were listed as limited participants on Wednesday. Wide receiver Chad Beebe (hamstring) continues to be limited, but that’s still a step forward from where he’s been for most of the past few weeks. Tight end David Morgan (knee) and guard Mike Remmers (low back) were limited in practice all week last week, and continue to be limited to start this week’s practices as well.Here’s a full accounting of the Vikings’ initial Week 16 injury report:Did Not Participate: LB Eric Kendricks (hamstring)Limited Participation: WR Chad Beebe (hamstring), TE David Morgan (knee), G Mike Remmers (low back)Full Participation: LS Kevin McDermott (elbow)We’ve seen a lot of big names for the Vikings on the injury report these past few weeks, whether it’s Adam Thielen or Stefon Diggs or Xavier Rhodes or any of the other starters. To start this week, however, those are the only five names on the injury report for the purple.As the Vikings release updates to their injury reports, we will relay those updates to you here.
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