Dalvin Cook is not having a great start to the holiday season. In Sunday’s Minnesota Viking’s 34-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the running back injured his shoulder late in the third quarter. The injury was so severe, Cook had to be carted off the field.
San Francisco defensive lineman Kevin Givens made the hit, causing Cook to fumble. As he fell to the turf, he clutched his chest with his right arm. After several minutes of being attended to by trainers, the teams knelt around Dalvin as he was being moved to a cart to be taken for further evaluation, according to ESPN.
He finished the day with 39 yards on 10 carries. His replacement, Alexander Mattison, had 3 carries for 8 yards. Coach Mike Zimmer didn’t sound confident on the status of his star RB. He said rookie Kene Nwangwu would be counted on to carry some of the load.
Dalvin Cook now awaits the results of an MRI that will determine his fate. Zimmer didn’t offer a direct update on Cook’s status in his post-game remarks. The 5-6 Vikings will be fighting for their playoff lives without one of their offensive leaders.
Fortunately, Minnesota takes on the hapless Detroit Lions next week. It should be no problem to stay on track. Then again, Detroit has been inching closer to victory. They tied the Pittsburgh Steelers and lost to Cleveland by a field goal and Chicago by two in recent weeks.
Dalvin Cook has accumulated 773 total rushing yards this year for the Vikings, so he’s a major part of their offense. Averaging 4.6 yards per carry, he’s also racked up 27 receptions for an additional 99 yards. You can check out the scary moment for yourself below.
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