On an injury-heavy NFL Sunday, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook joined the list when he left Minnesota's game vs. the Cardinals in the first half. What was different for Cook was that he came back in. And then he left again, and came back in again.
In the first half, Cook was piled on after making a third-down play and couldn’t get up right away. He was taken to the injury tent and his return was uncertain.
The injuries just keep piling up.— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 19, 2021
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Well, that was until he came back on the field before halftime. The injury was to his ankle, although no details were given. He finished the first half with 13 rushes for 96 yards.
Toward the beginning of the fourth quarter, Cook was hit low by J.J. Watt and hurt his ankle again. Watt came over to Cook to talk to him. It is unknown what was said. Minnesota offensive tackles Brian O’Neill and Rashod Hill did not seem pleased with Watt, however. Cook was able to walk off the field on his own.
JJ Watt came over and checked on Dalvin Cook after Cook was slow to get up on the previous play. pic.twitter.com/GQyx5yosh9— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 19, 2021
Cook returned once again, this time with his ankle taped up. He finished the game with 131 yards rushing.
The Vikings lost 34-33 after missing a field goal attempt at the end of the game. It was another late loss following Minnesota's overtime defeat to the Bengals which included a controversial call of a fumble by Cook in OT.
In his postgame press conference, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Cook had "a little ankle sprain" and that "there were times he would be in, times he would be out."
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There has been no official statement about Cook’s injury, but if his ankle is sprained, he will probably sit out part of practice this week to be ready for the Vikings' Week 3 matchup against the Seahawks.