Dalvin Cook not expected back this week

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Officially, the Vikings aren’t prepared to rule Dalvin Cook out this week.

Unofficially, Dalvin Cook isn’t prepared to play this week against the Saints.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Cook is expected to miss his fourth straight game with a hamstring injury.

The Vikings are 27th in the league in rushing this season, struggling to move the ball on the ground with Latavius Murray in the lead role.

The Vikings play the Lions next week and then have a bye in Week 10, which could factor into their decision if they want to make sure Cook is 100 percent.

35 responses to “Dalvin Cook not expected back this week

  1. Leonard Fournette: “I’m going to try to set a record for most games missed by a player who has a hamstring injury.”

    Dalvin Cook: “Hold my beer!”

  2. They haven’t been struggling with Murray, it’s just that up until the last 2 weeks, they didn’t really even attempt to run. Zimmer seemed to put his foot down just prior to the Arizona game though, and the run game has been fine since.

  3. Let him rest until that hamstring is healthy. We’re going to need him for the long haul. Let him rest until he’s fully healthy cause his fresh legs will come in handy. He needs rest

  4. sikoix says:
    October 24, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Zimmer seemed to put his foot down just prior to the Arizona game though, and the run game has been fine since.

    ++++

    Arizona is giving up the most rushing yards per game in the NFL.

    Against the Jets, the Vikings had 24 carries for 88 yards (3.67 ypc) and 38 of those came when the Jet linebacker overran his gap responsibility.

  5. Methinks it is actually a knee issue but The Vikings are hoping he can work through it.
    It isn’t unheard of for a player back from an ACL tear to pul a hammy when they get back. 243 yards rushing the last 2 game is still decent. The problem is Minnesota runs 4 or 5 times with little gain and give up, justt when a back is due to rip a big run.

  6. As I suspected, Murray (and just about all RB’s) need to work up a lather and get into the rhythm of a game. You can’t have a guy on the sidelines and give him a running play once every 10 plays. Get him the ball, and let him run. Murray has been doing well.

  7. Murray first 5 weeks: 30 attempts, 106 yards, 0 td, 3.53ypc (6 att, 21.5ypg)
    Murray last 2 weeks: 39 attempts, 224 yards, 3 td, 5.74ypc (19.5 att, 112ypg, 1.5td/pg)

    for people who prefer watching box scores to games

  8. Hamstring injuries are tough to heal and a running back needs his legs. Cook will be back eventually and the Vikings will have a fresh, talented running back to boost their team at the point of the season when everyone else is sore and tired. He could be a very important feature for the playoff drive.

  9. And this surprises absolutely no one.

    On a brighter note, he’s managed to steer clear of trouble with all of the free time on his hands.

    Of course, in Minnesota, one is only an official toe injury, and a psych evaluation away, should trouble find him.

  10. Laughable some packer troll says when talking about rushing yards against the Jets – ” 38 of those came when the Jet linebacker overran his gap responsibility.” You don’t say, a defense loses it’s gap responsibility so it gave up a big run. You have plenty experience of watching Fabio do this because of his selfishness. I still recall the 15-1 packers losing the first playoff game because the Forty-Niners just optioned Fabio and he never figured it out. Neither did Dom Capers.Kaepernick had 16 carries for 181 yards and 2 TD’s. The packer are still the only team in NFL history to go 15-1 and lose in the first home playoff game.

  11. friskypasta says:
    October 24, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    He’s beginning to look like a Fred Taylor 2.0, all the talent in the word but he’s only on the field for 1/3 of the year.
    ____________

    Actually Fred Taylor was a damn good pro and I would think the Barneys would be thrilled if Cook could come close to matching his production.
    Over 11,000 yds on the ground and topping 60 Tds.
    Not to mention he could catch the ball out of the backfield.
    He often unfairly gets a bad rap for a couple of early career injuries.

  12. Laughable some packer troll says when talking about rushing yards against the Jets – ” 38 of those came when the Jet linebacker overran his gap responsibility.” I still recall the 15-1 packers losing the first playoff game because the Forty-Niners just optioned Fabio and he never figured it out.

    ++++++

    Sensitive Sally. Is 88 yards rushing good? Without the big run is the Vikings had 50 yards on 23 carries….. teams don’t get very far on that production.

    And the main culprit was Erik Walden, not Matthews.

  13. That game was the reason they put Fabio in the middle of the field for a couple seasons. They knew he could be optioned.In the middle he couldn’t do the one thing he does okay – rush the QB. So they switched him back.

  14. You can’t rush for 1000 and score 13 TD’s from the tub. RB’s who are injury prone, especially in the legs & knees never last very long despite tremendous talent.

  15. Packertruth – I love how the packers have an excuse for anyone else accomplishing something. The Vikings had a good run because the other teams linebacker made a mistake… News flash a lot of big plays come from taking advantage of inferior play on the other end – do you not count any of the yards Rodgers gets when there is a blown assignment in the secondary or if he scrambles because a linebacker dropped into coverage when he should have spied on the qb? Ever notice how when an inexperienced corner comes in a good QB picks on him because he is prone to mistakes. Weird concept that every team tries to do

  16. RMoss84HOF says:
    October 25, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Packertruth – I love how the packers have an excuse for anyone else accomplishing something.

    ++++++

    I mean I noted the Vikings gained 88 yards rushing against the Jets. For 3.67 yards per carry. That is what they accomplished. To me, that isn’t a sign of a team that has fixed the running game. To you, I guess it is. The Saints are giving up 72 yards per game on the ground, so I guess we’ll find out Sunday night.

  17. I mean how you downplay the good plays were mistakes. Either way our pathetic running game (which it has been) has used a backup RB who has more yards than any of the awesome packer rbs and ran for more tds in the last two weeks that the whole team.

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