Dalvin Cook Will Be Inactive vs. Lions

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) breaks a tackle by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson (20) during the first quarter in Glendale, Ariz. Sept. 19, 2021. Cardinals Vs Vikings

After a week of speculation whether or not Dalvin Cook would be able to play through his ankle injury, the Vikings have decided to keep him on the sidelines against Detroit. The decision comes following a week in which Cook was held out of practice every day except Friday. Even then, he was just a limited participant.

The injury was originally suffered in week two against Arizona and held him out of Minnesota’s week three win over Seattle. During week four, he seemed to be in and out of the lineup as well, carrying just nine times for 34 yards.

Luckily for the Vikings, Alexander Mattison is more than capable of making an impact in the running game. He showed that in week three, and he’ll have to do it again in week five for Minnesota to find success in Detroit.

In other injury news, Anthony Barr is set to play his first game of the season, as was expected throughout the week. Barr was a full participant in practice all week, and the knee injury that has hampered his start to the season seems to be in the rear view mirror. The biggest hit to this Vikings squad comes on the defensive side of the ball though as Michael Pierce will not suit up this week. His presence as an interior pass rusher has been a major benefit to the defense, and it will be interesting to see who can step up in his stead.