Mike Zimmer thinks Dalvin Cook will be able to play through shoulder injury

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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer didn’t have an update on the severity of running back Dalvin Cook‘s shoulder injury after Sunday’s win over the Chargers, which left it as a topic of great interest for his Monday press conference.

Zimmer had a bit more to say and it was positive news about Cook’s condition. Zimmer was asked if the issue was something that Cook could play through against the Packers this week and he said he believes that’s the case.

“Yeah, it feels good today,” Zimmer said.

Cook ran 20 times for 154 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s first meeting with Green Bay this season. The Vikings would be happy to get that kind of production again, although they’ll be looking for a better result after taking a 21-16 loss at Lambeau Field in September.

36 responses to “Mike Zimmer thinks Dalvin Cook will be able to play through shoulder injury

  1. Dalvin’s tough. Can hand a shoulder injury, unlike GB QBs who get a shoulder injury and are out for the year….

  2. “Injuries to the SC joint typically result from motor vehicle accidents or participation in collision sports like football. While these injuries can be painful, most are relatively minor and will heal well without surgery.”

    Looks like he will have to play through the pain the rest of the year, just a really nagging injury that won’t heal to the season is over.

  3. i remember Emmitt Smith w one shoulder winning at NY propelled them to win the Super Bowl. Just have to Design plays for him to have open spaces. SKOL

  4. Unfortunately, even if he took two weeks off the injury likely wouldn’t be significantly healed any further. The question is if an injured Cook will be effective the last few games. Hope so, but if not, his back-ups have all performed well. Fortunately, the Vikes offense has been pretty versitile this year.

  5. I’d run him against the packers. Those smith guys just care about sacks and go full out on rushing. Cook will do well against them, but against the Bears I would sit him now that Hicks is back.

  6. This is becoming more and more concerning, while the injury certainly appeared more serious than when he got hurt vs. SEA. Does he return if it’s the playoffs?

    The biggest concern would be if this is the shoulder he had surgery in college, because missing majority of halves during the playoff push isnt a good thing, but if you can force half a dozen turnovers every game it can be overcome.

  7. It’s not really a must-win game for the Vikings, aside from keeping their fans from stepping over the edge of their impressively tall buildings. They have a lot of tall buildings.

  8. If you watched yesterdays football game between LAC. and Minnesota it was a clinic on why not to draft RBs high and deffinetly why not to over pay them, Cook has injury problems while talnted misses games every season, and then you have Gordon, who was trying to hold out earlier this year and rightfully so if he knew was going to fumble away millions of dollars as the season went on. With Ekeler being undrafted having a pretty good season for Chargers, Boon played well whom is also undrafted, and Mattison who was a compensatory pick.

    RBs take a beating, and regardless of how great one can be your always going to need AT LEAST 2, because the every down back doesn’t seem to exist anymore.

  9. Dalvin cook wouldn’t even be hurt if the refs didnt hurt him.

    The refs injured delvin in the 16-6 loss to the bears, they stopped the vikes in the first loss to the packers, and they crushed the vikings in the losses to the chiefs and seahawks.

    Bottom line is that the vikings would be 16-0 every year, but the refs keep holding them down.

    My guess is the refs will continue holding them down as the vikings go 0-2 against the Packers and Bears to close the season. It’s just how the refs operate.

  10. Liberalsruineverything says:
    December 16, 2019 at 7:52 pm
    Packer fans think they are experts about the running back position. Sad that they don’t realize Aaron Jones would be 4th on the Vikings depth chart.
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    Thats something Skip Bayless would say to try to get a rise out of people, but you believe what you want, you can be happy with Cook I am sure you are and rightfully so, I will be happy with Jones who is tied for the league in Rushing TDs, hasn’t fumbled as much as Cook, and hasn’t been as banged up as him, by all means sign him to a long contract and huge pay day too, because that worked out so well while Peterson was there, spending the majority of his career keeping the pressure off of QBs like Ponder, T-Jack, McNabb, and Joe Webb.

  11. It’s just the packers. Rest him for the playoffs. The tandems can easily handle the work load.
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    You guys act as if we haven’t already beaten you this year and haven’t been winning the division from jump street. It’s be funny if it wasn’t so delusional.

  12. shaggytoodle says:
    December 16, 2019 at 9:14 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    December 16, 2019 at 7:52 pm
    Packer fans think they are experts about the running back position. Sad that they don’t realize Aaron Jones would be 4th on the Vikings depth chart.
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    Thats something Skip Bayless would say to try to get a rise out of people, but you believe what you want, you can be happy with Cook I am sure you are and rightfully so, I will be happy with Jones who is tied for the league in Rushing TDs, hasn’t fumbled as much as Cook, and hasn’t been as banged up as him, by all means sign him to a long contract and huge pay day too, because that worked out so well while Peterson was there, spending the majority of his career keeping the pressure off of QBs like Ponder, T-Jack, McNabb, and Joe Webb.

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    SOUR GRAPES DUDE! SO with Packer logic just because Jones has more TDs (by one), he is better. Take a look at the stats me boy, Cook has more runs for first downs, more runs over 20 yards. Jones longest run of the year 42, Cook 75. Teams dont fear the play action pass at all with the Packers, that why A A Ron is running for his life half of the time. Btw Viking lead the league with TDs off play action pass.

    RBs are banged up this time of year and Aaron Jones strikes fear in no one. Even though the Packer fans think AJ is great with his 830 yards, he may not even break a 1,000 this year. Ain’t no way he goes for over 60 at the Bank. Your team cant even put away the Chargers for Pete’s sake. Gimme a break dude.

  13. lp5710 says:
    December 16, 2019 at 9:41 pm
    Cook out for rest of regular season as per Adam Schefter NFL network.

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    No other media outlets are reporting it. Including NFL.com. Adam’s a great repoter but need to get get confirmation from other sources.Just because it was on MNF doesn’t mean anything.

  14. On ESPN, @AdamSchefter said he’d be surprised if Dalvin Cook (shoulder) plays in Week 16 or 17.

    So out for the rest of the year, does that mean the next two weeks and no the play offs?……lol.

  15. NFC North RB rankings:
    1- Dalvin Cook
    2- Alexander Mattison
    3- Mike Boone

    (Distant) 4- Aaron Jones

  16. NFC North RB rankings:
    1- Dalvin Cook
    2- Alexander Mattison
    3- Mike Boone

    (Distant) 4- Aaron Jones
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    I love coming here for a good laugh 😂

  17. I think the screen game would hurt more without Cook. Defenses are focusing so much on Cook running that they seem to forget about the pass. And that run game has not been good lately. However, 21 points is not winning this game. Definitely has a 30-27 feel about it.

  18. conormacleod says:
    December 17, 2019 at 10:47 am
    I think the screen game would hurt more without Cook. Defenses are focusing so much on Cook running that they seem to forget about the pass. And that run game has not been good lately. However, 21 points is not winning this game. Definitely has a 30-27 feel about it.

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    A reasonable Vikings fan comment.

    Even reasonable Packers fans know that a healthy Cook might be the best RB in the division, but anyone who ignores Jones as a legitimate weapon and easily the next best RB is foolish. I guarantee you Zimmer doesn’t share your opinion as he game plans for Monday.

  19. oof. Just did a search for “Dalvin Cook” to look up any recent news, and the first “related search” was “Dalvin Cook punches girl” video.

    Only the Minnesota Vikings, folks.

  20. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    oof. Just did a search for “Dalvin Cook” to look up any recent news, and the first “related search” was “Dalvin Cook punches girl” video.

    Only the Minnesota Vikings, folks.

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    Wow Digg’r. Desperate much? You drenched up something from FSU college days in 2015 that he was found not guilty of. As in not true. Much like your little man drivel.

  21. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm
    oof. Just did a search for “Dalvin Cook” to look up any recent news, and the first “related search” was “Dalvin Cook punches girl” video.

    Only the Minnesota Vikings, folks.
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    There is no video of Dalvin Cook because it never happened. It was a one day trial and the jury deliberated for 20 minutes to find him not guilty. Totally fake just like the Packers record.

  22. flviking says:
    December 17, 2019 at 7:09 pm
    First meeting Mattison carried 4 times for a 6.3 avg. packers run defense is horrible.

    I thought you couldn’t compare the teams from that point in the season?

    But ok.

    The Packers are 5 points better than the Vikings. We win?

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