Cook may miss battle vs. Packers
Running back Dalvin Cook likely will miss the Vikings’ big NFC North showdown against the division-leading Packers on Monday night in Minneapolis, ESPN reported Thursday.
Cook, who’s seventh in the league in rushing with 1,135 yards and tied for third in rushing touchdowns with 13, has two different upper-body injuries. He suffered a shoulder injury during last weekend’s victory over the Chargers and didn’t participate in practice Thursday. He also had been nursing a chest injury.
The Vikings also may not play Cook in the final game of the season against the Bears to get him as healthy as possible for the playoffs. The team can clinch a trip to the postseason even before taking the field Monday if the 49ers beat the Rams on Saturday night.
Despite the reports, Cook said Thursday he’s doing everything he can to try and be ready for the Packers.
“I’m going through my normal routine of getting ready for Monday night and we’re going to see how it goes,” Cook said. “So I’ve been in the training room every day, starting my mornings early every day, and just grinding and trying to get my shoulder so I can be available when my team needs me.
“... If I’m ready to go, I’m ready to go.’’ Vikings coach Mike Zimmer also didn’t say much when asked about Cook’s chances of playing.
“I don’t know,” Zimmer said. “We’ll see. Yeah, I have an update. He seems to be doing good.”
Prescott plans to play: Dak Prescott is simply reliving his college days with a shoulder injury that is limiting him in practice for the first time in four seasons as quarterback of the Cowboys.
As for whether the 2016 offensive rooke of the year will miss his first game as a pro when the Cowboys try to wrap up a playoff spot against the Eagles in Philadelphia.
That’s a no.
“I’ll be good to go Sunday,” Prescott said Thursday, a day after coach Jason Garrett revealed that Prescott wouldn’t be throwing in practice to start the week after getting his right shoulder crunched at the end of a run early in the Cowboys’ 44-21 win over the Rams last weekend.
Prescott has shown up on the injury report before with minor, nagging issues, but never been forced to yield practice reps to his backup.
In Prescott’s mind, something about all this is nagging, too.
“It’s just annoying,” Prescott said of the pain he was experiencing. “It’s nagging. Definitely dealt with a lot more pain. So it’s just nagging.”
And familiar, going back to his days as a Mississippi State standout, before he was the forgotten fourth-round pick who rose to sudden NFL stardom as a rookie when Tony Romo got hurt in 2016.
“I’ve been fortunate in the NFL not dealing with it,” said Prescott, who is second in the NFL in yards passing while leading the NFL’s No. 1 offense.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook injured his shoulder Sunday against the Chargers.