Dalvin Cook on potentially wearing down: I don’t think you’d ask Derrick Henry that

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Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook has been the best running back not named Derrick Henry this season. The two have largely gone through the season neck-and-neck at No. 1 and No. 2 in search of the rushing title, and are currently the only players in the NFL with over 1,000 yards.

Given Cook’s injury history and the fact that he’s on pace for well over 300 carries this year, Cook was asked on Wednesday if he’s concerned about possibly wearing down as the season goes on.

He didn’t seem to like the question.

“I don’t know what that is. What is that — wear down? What does that mean?” Cook said in the video of the virtual press conference posted to the team’s official site. “I’m a running back. I’m a running back just like anybody else. I don’t think that’s a question you’ll ask Derrick Henry or anybody else. I’m a running back. There’s no wearing down. i’m ready to tote the ball.”

In 10 games, Cook has 1,130 yards rushing — five away from his career high — and leads the league with 13 rushing touchdowns. Henry is currently No. 1 with 1,257.

Cook did have an injury scare in last week’s game against the Panthers, exiting with an ankle issue. But he was able to come back in and finish the game.

“You kind of freak out once things happen. It was a weird play. A lot of guys were piled up on me. You had guys who were at the bottom of the pile doing things and it was just weird,” Cook said. “The way my ankle felt at the moment, it was just one of those times where you just didn’t know. Just had to get back on my feet, get going.”

Cook says he feels good now and is ready to roll for Sunday’s matchup against the Jaguars.

12 responses to “Dalvin Cook on potentially wearing down: I don’t think you’d ask Derrick Henry that

  1. Well, in fairness Henry is quite a bit bigger than Cook so it’s a valid question.

  2. Henry will probably win the rushing title just because of how Kirk and Justin Jefferson are playing, and now Thielen is back.

  3. That was a great response from Cook. Henry dishes out more punishment than he takes, but Cook is thinking the way he should be thinking. Injuries are hard to predict. Even the biggest and strongest get hurt.

  4. Silly Dalvin. Of course you don’t ask Henry that. There’s a reason his nickname isn’t Delicate Derrick.

  5. Last season post Nov 1 Henry played 11 game, had 234 carries for 1,401 yards (6.0).

    Last season post Nov 1 Cook played 8 games, had 131 carries for 424 yards (3.2).

  6. Cook is overused. The Viking offense relies on him way too much. He produces….no question there……but for how long? That’s the question.

  7. Statistically running backs are the most injured position in football.

    And Statistically there are thresholds of touches per year in the 300s where career longevity is reduced.

    Might want to give Warrick Dunn a call and learn up on taking care of your body.

  8. He should be mad at Gary Kubiack for suggesting he’s getting worn down. Otherwise, yes, no way Dalvin plays past year 3 of his new $63m contract. Spielman is a genius at loading the money towards the end of the contract. Smart move Vikings GM.

  9. Spielman is a genius at loading the money towards the end of the contract. Smart move Vikings GM.

    +++++

    Kirk Cousins says differently. Twice.

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