The Minnesota Vikings haven’t had Dalvin Cook in the starting lineup since Week 4, as the talented running back deals with a hamstring injury. While the offense continues to perform well in his absence, the tailback could return to the gridiron soon.
Cook has just 36 carries for 98 rushing yards in three games. On the other hand, Latavius Murray is doing a tremendous job replacing the former second-round pick, as he currently has 386 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Murray is clearly capable of leading the backfield in Minnesota, but he could share the workload on Sunday.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Cook is nearing a return to the field, after practicing on Thursday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 2, 2018
If the Florida State product can practice again today, then the likelihood of him being active will certainly increase.
Rapoport did also add that Minnesota will have its bye week coming up, which gives ample time to recover. Nonetheless, Cook is trending in the right direction for this weekend, as the Vikings host the Detroit Lions.
Update: Cook practiced again on Friday, making it likely that he’ll play on Sunday.
Sources have said the Vikings plan to play Dalvin Cook on a limited snap count Sunday. They went into the Cardinals game with a similar plan, before Cook’s hamstring wasn’t feeling good that Sunday. He was on the practice field again Friday, though, and the hope is he’ll play.
— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) November 2, 2018
Vikings reporter Ben Goessling said the plan is for Cook to be on a limited snap count.