Vikings' Dalvin Cook Says He'll Be 'Good to Go' After Suffering Shoulder Injury

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2019

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 02:  Running back Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the defense oat CenturyLink Field on December 02, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook says he'll be OK after exiting Monday's game against the Seattle Seahawks with a shoulder injury in the third quarter.

Cook told Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network he'll be "good to go" in Week 14 against the Detroit Lions, adding he could have returned but was held out for precautionary reasons.

The injury came on a run in the third quarter that resulted in a fumble.

Cook said it was the same spot where he got hit in Week 12 against the Denver Broncos, calling it a "weird injury," per Pelissero. He had nine carries for 29 yards and a touchdown on the ground and three catches for 35 yards before exiting.

Injuries have derailed the early stages of Cook's NFL career since the Vikings selected him in the second round of the 2017 draft. He's flashed the potential to become a key building block (4.7 yards per carry across his first two seasons), but those moments were fleeting. He's laid the foundation for a breakout year in 2019.

Heading into Monday's game, Cook had 1,017 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns while also racking up 455 receiving yards.

The 24-year-old Miami native played just four games in 2017 before suffering a torn ACL that brought his debut campaign to a premature end in October. He returned for the start of the 2018 season, but he dealt with a lingering hamstring injury.

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Rookie Alexander Mattison recorded 22 yards on four carries in Cook's absence.

All told, Cook has all of the tools of a three-down threat for the Vikes, which is what the team expected when it utilized a second-round pick on him a few years ago.