Dalvin Cook’s Week 3 Status Is Revealed by NFL Insider.


Dalvin Cook, the Minnesota Vikings’ running back, has been dealing with an ankle injury that forced him to miss the team’s home opener against the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday.

The Vikings performed admirably without their offensive star. The Vikings won 30-17 thanks to backup running back Alexander Mattison’s 171 all-purpose yards. However, against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the Vikings could find themselves in another firefight and benefit from Cook’s explosiveness. Cook was listed as questionable for Friday’s game, but NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero spoke with him and learned more about his injury.

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! Cook Expects to Play Sunday

Pelissero reported Friday that Cook’s ankle injury was minor, as reported by several team members, and that his absence from the Seahawks game was precautionary.

Pelissero said, “He told me he got a lot of work in practice this week [and]he felt really good.” “He’ll get a lot of rest and rehab over the next 48 hours, but Dalvin Cook expects to play against the Browns on Sunday barring a setback.” “I asked him, ‘How close are you to 100 percent?’

‘Right now, I’m in the 90th percentile,’ he said. The Vikings’ biggest problem has been that it’s a long season, and they didn’t want to push him out there a week ago and risk a minor ankle injury turning into something more serious. Cook was certainly upbeat when I spoke with him. His expectation is that he will return. ”

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Cook could be on a pitch count on Sunday while he recovers from his injury, and Mattison has shown he can be a capable backup in the Vikings offense. While Cook’s injury status has improved, several other players remain a mystery.

3 Others Questionable, 1 Ruled Out Against Browns

Anthony Barr (

) is listed as questionable and has yet to play this season due to a knee injury. Michael Pierce, a defensive tackle, did not practice on Friday. With an elbow/shoulder injury, he was deemed questionable. Kris Boyd was a limited participant in practice, and his participation on Sunday will be determined on a game-by-game basis. Ihmir Smith-Marsette, a rookie wide receiver and kick returner, was ruled out with a toe injury on Friday.

Familiarity Breeds Contempt

The Browns and Vikings have a lot in common, but the biggest reunion will be between Browns coach Kevin Stefanski and former Vikings offensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Stefanski led a highly productive offense in 2019.

Zimmer was given a three-year contract extension after a walk-off wild-card win over the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs, and Stefanski was hired as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. The Vikings were considering parting ways with Zimmer, and Stefanski was likely to be promoted from within based on the season’s results. With a dominant rushing attack and a play-action dominant offense led by mobile quarterback Baker Mayfield, he’s turned the Browns into a perennial playoff contender. Zimmer, facing Stefanski for the first time since the latter’s departure from Minnesota, would undoubtedly relish the opportunity to thwart the league’s best rushing attack. Stopping Mayfield, Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt, the Browns’ backfield, will be priority No. 1 for a Vikings defense that has yet to reach its full potential.

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