It doesn’t sound like the Minnesota Vikings running back suffered a severe injury on Sunday.
Sunday night’s matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks was full of so many emotions.
The first half featured a dominating performance by the Vikings, led by running back Dalvin Cook. Seattle had no answers for Cook and the talented rusher helped Minnesota head into the locker room at the half with a 13-0 lead.
But then the third quarter happened and the Vikings’ entire night was quickly turned upside down. Not only did the Seahawks come back and eventually win the contest, but Minnesota had to play most of the second half without Cook on the field after he injured his groin in the third quarter.
Major injury avoided by the top Minnesota Vikings running back
Following the loss to Seattle on Sunday night, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer revealed that Cook would undergo an MRI on Monday to examine the severity of his injury.
Zimmer provided an update on Monday and he didn’t sound very concerned about his top running back missing a significant amount of time this season due to the injury. Minnesota’s head coach said that Cook’s MRI “went pretty well,” and that the team will, “see how he does this week.”
In addition to Zimmer’s comments, NFL Media’s Tom Peliserro reported that a source told him Cook’s current health is, “good.”
Peliserro also mentioned that the Vikings could still approach their running back’s injury with caution and potentially sit him for their next game against the Atlanta Falcons regardless of whether he can play or not.
With the way Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone ran on Sunday night against the Seahawks (combined for 131 rushing yards), letting Cook rest against the winless Falcons next week should be an easy decision for Minnesota to make.
With the Vikings having their bye in two weeks, giving their top running back some extra time to heal seems like the right call. Hopefully for Minnesota and Cook, his injury isn’t something that ends up lingering all season long.