On Sunday night in Seattle, things started out great for Dalvin Cook, rushing 17 times for 65 yards and a touchdown. Then in the second quarter, he pulled up hobbling after a run. He sat out the rest of the first half, and we were left wondering what was wrong. He came in for one play of the third quarter, caught a screen that was well covered for -5 yards, and that was it for Cook the rest of the game.
On Monday, we found out via MRI results that Cook’s injury was a minor groin issue, and coach Mike Zimmer reported that it “went pretty well”. If anything, Cook would be on a limited snap count against the Falcons in week six.
However, Tuesday morning rolled around, and Chad Graff of The Athletic reported that Cook has in fact suffered an adductor strain. It is now looking unlikely that Dalvin Cook will play at all on Sunday.
Of course, any missed time at all for Cook is a blow for a Vikings team that is on the verge of having 2020 be a lost season. However, this decision for week six makes sense.
The Falcons have gotten off to an absolutely horrible start, going 0-5 and looking clueless defensively. The offense has now struggled as well with Matt Ryan failing to throw a touchdown in either of the last two games.
The Vikings should get out of week six with a win even without Cook, and then they have a bye week coming up to heal up and re-evaluate Cook’s status. After they rest up, they have a must-win matchup with division rival Green Bay, and if they can get the Dalvin Cook that they got in the first half of Seattle’s game, they should certainly have a chance in that one.