As the Minnesota Vikings get ready for a pivotal Week 16 showdown with the Green Bay Packers, much of the focus is on the health of star running back Dalvin Cook.
Cook left yesterday’s 39-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers with a shoulder injury. Earlier today, Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer said he anticipated the issue being one Cook could play through going forward.
Well, fast-forward to halftime of tonight’s Monday Night Football game and ESPN’s Adam Schefter was singing a much-different tune. He’s not expecting Cook back during the regular season.
The 2017 second-round pick, who missed considerable time in his first two seasons due to injuries, has started all 14 games for the Vikings this year.
On ESPN, @AdamSchefter said he'd be surprised if Dalvin Cook (shoulder) plays in Week 16 or 17.
— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) December 17, 2019
We’ll find out if Zimmer was telling the truth about Cook, or if the problem is worse than he was letting on. If the latter is true, Schefter’s reporting may prove accurate. For what it’s worth, he’s usually on point.
The Vikings and Packers are set to kick off next Monday night at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN. Green Bay (11-3) leads Minnesota (10-4) by one game atop the NFC North.
The Packers won the first meeting between the two longtime rivals earlier in the season.