Kirk Cousins did not get speed bridge Achilles procedure but ready to start new chapter in 2024

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins talked to the media for the first time since his season-ending Achilles injury Oct. 29. He wore a boot on his right foot and jokingly said he's in no rush.

"I've got nowhere to be for four months," Cousins said, via Ben Goessling of the Star-Tribune.

Cousins, though, noted that the rehab time for Achilles injuries is shortening. Aaron Rodgers repeatedly has stated his desire to return this season after the Jets quarterback tore his Achilles in the season opener.

"The recovery time [for Achilles surgeries] seems to be shortening and shortening," Cousins said.

Cousins did not get the "speed bridge" procedure, which accelerates healing with an internal brace, because enough of a tendon was still intact below the tear. He said he expects it to be a better repair long term.

Cousins' bodywork specialist, Chad Cook, talked with Rodgers' rehab specialists to gather information, and Cousins talked to Rodgers, Brian O'Neill and Cam Akers about the rehab process.

He said he spent time researching the five stages of grief after his injury.

"I'm still mad," Cousins said, adding, "but I bleieve there's still a lot more to the story up ahead."