Dalvin Cook: Hamstring not back to 100 percent yet

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Vikings running back Dalvin Cook returned to action in last Thursday’s game against the Rams, but didn’t have much of an impact on the outcome.

Cook ran 10 times for 20 yards after missing Week Three with a hamstring injury that kept him from playing a bigger role in the proceedings. The team’s plans for Week Five’s game against the Eagles won’t come into focus for a few days, but Cook may still be short of a full workload.

Cook said Monday that the hamstring has not fully healed at this point.

“This thing is still healing up,” Cook said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “I want to be 100 percent as bad as everybody else wants me to 100 percent. But I’m just not there yet. I just got to keep chipping away. But I’m going to be ready when the time comes, though.”

The Vikings rank last in the league with 252 rushing yards through their first four games and a healthy Cook would be a big part of improving those results. It seems the wait is going to continue at least a little while longer, however.

31 responses to “Dalvin Cook: Hamstring not back to 100 percent yet

  1. Cook is a very VERY good rusher but he’s not AP; he needs (as most RBs do) a semi functional Offensive line that knows how to run block to contribute to the team with anything other than jet sweeps and quick passes.

  2. It doesn’t matter if you have a running game if your defense lets the Eagles go up and down the field at will, like they did last year and like the Rams did on Thursday. Zimmer has to show the Eagles something they haven’t seen before. A healthy Cook would be that on the offensive side but it sounds like he may not be fully healed by then and a running back with a bad hammy is not very helpful.

  3. He’s a better all around back than Peterson because he can pick up blitzes and catch passes, which Peterson could not do, but he can’t stay healthy. This is going to be a problem.

  4. Who would have thought, 4 weeks into the season, that the Bears would be in first place?

  5. Ron Jull says:

    Cue the Minnesota Excuse for Losing machine.

    Paying 84 million dollars for a qb thats never won anything, classic Vikings.


    Disappointed as any Viking fan at the moment, and growing weary of reading what Minnesota’s players “plan” on doing at some point. When does that start? This week? Next week? When the schedule gets “easier”? Entering week five the defense, O-line, running game and special teams are all circling the drain. Honestly? I’m be more encouraged if the players didn’t say anything. Pretty sure the press won’t let that happen.

    Despite the fumbles, Cousins and the receivers are the only thing keeping the Vikings competitive. No question they’d be worse without him. Right now, Kirk Cousins is Minnesota’s best hope. We’ll find out as the season progresses what he’s made of.

  6. I mean this is a guy that doesn’t have the best injury history. In college he torn his shoulder labrum by tripping and falling in the weight room in 2014, played some of 2015 with an ankle sprain, torn his shoulder labrum again in 2016 in spring training although he was good for the season. Then in the NFL torn his acl last season and is now dealing with a hamstring injury.

  7. I hope that they take the opportunity if he is resting to get the guys from Canton in to get a real good likeness on that bust.

  8. Cook’s health, the rushing game and the offense should be the least of everyone’s worries. The O-line remains the offensive concern — but they were playing catch up in the Buffalo game (geez what a disaster), and had so much passing success in LA, it made sense to throw the ball. If this team is going to succeed this year, the defense will have to improve both on the field and in the coaching room. Let the cheesers jump to conclusions early in the season as usual — remember, year after year they repeatedly have to be told to R-E-L-A-X.

  9. @purplegyy

    That’s rich. We’re always R-E-L-A-X-E-D, we know what it takes to win championships. Our coach doesn’t leave slaughtered stuffed animals splattered in red paint around the practice facility

  10. filthymcnasty3 says:
    October 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm
    With the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL draft, the MN Vikings select………….

    With the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL draft, from the Greenbay Packers the MN Vikings select……………

    Fixed it for you

  11. This poor kid’s been snake bit by the injury bug for quite some time.
    Long before he was drafted even.

    Cook pulled his hamstring running away from the police back in the Fall of 2014.
    He also injured his knee when he tripped while strolling through his probation officer’s office back in the Summer of ‘15.
    He then hurt his shoulder during a breaking and entering episode later that same year.

    Hopefully this kid’s finally turned a corner.

  12. People here bashing Cook is stupid. He was on a pitch count last Thursday. He had 10 carries, give him a chance to recover.

  13. Aarn Jones has 107 yards on 17 carries.
    Nick Chubb had 105 yards on 3 carries last week.
    Dalvin Cook has 98 yards on 36 carries.

    Let that sink in!

  14. LOL so glad every one can predict how the Vikings will do this year. Wanna give me a heads up on the World Series so I can place my bets and became a millionaire?

    Yes, the Vikings are in the cellar with 12 games to go 12! A lot can happened,just two weeks ago those who pontificate for profit were placing bets on what it would take for Winston to dethrone Fitzpatrick or how the Dolphins 3-0 were going to go 4-0 but oopps they got rolled by the Pats. Now I did say ‘Don’t sleep on the Bears” but they are a dropped INT from being 4-0, however the teams that they have beaten are pretty much .500 right now with the exception of the 0-4 Cardinals.They could turn into a pumpkin just as fast as Fitzpatrick did.

    Packers fans, don’t think the Lions are going to be a walk in the park of course no game is, but I can see some of you putting the “W” up today and already looking towards the 9ers.

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