On Monday, Mike Zimmer provided a Dalvin Cook injury update. Apparently, the MRI went well. Keep in mind, though, that Danielle Hunter‘s injury was described as a tweak. The latest news suggests it would be wise for Hunter to sit for the season.
Nevertheless, it’s unlikely that Cook’s injury is as severe as Hunter’s. During the game, Cook went to the locker room to be assessed by Eric Sugarman. Sugarman is one of the best in the business. He is limited in his assessments during the game, but he obviously didn’t find anything catastrophic given that Cook came back in for one play. If it was a truly debilitating injury, Sugarman wouldn’t have let Cook return.
That being said, the safe money is on the Vikings letting Cook rest until after the bye. We initially thought Cook would get a big workload leading up to the bye. The early weeks of the season didn’t feature him, but these past few weeks have seen a big increase in Cook’s usage, perhaps contributing to the injury. It’s possible the Vikings would be wise to integrate Mattison and even Mike Boone into the game plan more.
Against the Falcons, Mattison will likely get the start with Boone coming in for relief. Vikings fans should also expect to see Ameer Abdullah in for at least a handful of snaps, especially on passing downs.
One of Minnesota’s concerns about Cook was his durability. There’s no doubt he is a great player who has the talent to justify a big contract. With the latest Dalvin Cook injury update, the Vikings should be cautiously optimistic. He appears to have avoided a big injury, but they should let him get fully healthy.