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The Minnesota Vikings made a trade to acquire Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Dobbs following Kirk Cousins' season-ending injury

This week, Josh Dobbs won't be taking the starting position for the Arizona Cardinals; however, an opportunity may be on the horizon with the Minnesota Vikings.

In a recent trade announcement, the Arizona Cardinals are sending Dobbs along with a 2024 seventh-round draft pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2024 sixth-rounder. This trade deal was reported by NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero on Tuesday, and both teams have since confirmed the trade.

Vikings' head coach, Kevin O'Connell, revealed on SiriusXM that rookie Jaren Hall is the likely starter against the Atlanta Falcons. Nevertheless, there is a potential opening for Josh Dobbs to showcase his talents on the field.

The trade materialized a day after Minnesota's heartbreaking announcement of quarterback Kirk Cousins' season-ending Achilles injury, and it serves as a clear indication that the Vikings are not prepared to fade quietly into the remaining stretch of their campaign. With Cousins steering them to three consecutive victories, the Vikings currently hold a 4-4 record and remain strong contenders in the highly competitive NFC playoff race.

The decision to trade Dobbs, marking his second trade this year, may not be entirely unexpected, especially following a sudden shift in strategy by Cardinals' head coach Jonathan Gannon on Monday. Following Arizona's Week 8 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Gannon initially declared that Dobbs would resume starting duties in Week 9. However, he reversed his stance the very next day and announced that either the returning Kyler Murray or rookie Clayton Tune would take the field against the Cleveland Browns. This trade comes after the Cardinals acquired Dobbs earlier in the season, giving up a fifth-round draft pick, and they are now receiving a sixth-rounder in return, a mere eight games and just over two months later.