“I probably would have given him one more game” – Twin Cities
It only took one Dalvin Cook carry last Sunday for Chuck Foreman to know the Vikings running back was not in full health.
Cook returned against Cleveland after missing a game with a sprained right ankle. He carried nine times for 34 yards in the 14-7 loss.
“I could tell right away that Dalvin wasn’t the guy we usually see,” said Foreman, a 1973-79 Viking star. “I could tell he wasn’t 100% because it’s usually two stages and he’s gone.”
With that in mind, Foreman thinks it would have been prudent for Cook not to make the Browns game. Foreman said he saw Cook at the team hotel last Saturday and Cook indicated he was going to play, but Foreman said he had given no opinion on the matter at the time.
“I give him credit for going out there and trying, but I probably would have gotten him one more game because you don’t want a 60 percent Dalvin Cook,” Foreman said. “You want Dalvin Cook to be 100%. But one thing I’m glad to see is that they haven’t done too much (with him against the Browns). Once they saw he wasn’t doing the things he normally does, they put someone else in there.
After Cook limped in, he came in and out of the lineup in the second half. But he was in the game for Minnesota‘s last practice.
“I don’t think that’s a problem,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said of Cook’s injury after the game. “He got out of the game once a little gimpy. We took him out for a while, then he said he was good and he came home.
Zimmer didn’t make much headway on Cook’s ankle on Monday, saying only, “He said he felt good today.” The Vikings return to practice Wednesday for Sunday’s game against Detroit at US Bank Stadium.
Cook, who has been unavailable for comment since last week, injured his ankle in a 34-33 loss to Arizona on September 19, but he stayed in the game. He missed a 30-17 win on September 26 against Seattle and said last week that he “can’t be there if I’m not explosive or if I can’t help my team win a game. of football”.
With Cook against the Seahawks, substitute Alexander Mattison took the start and tied his career high with 112 rushing yards. But Mattison only had 10 carries for 20 yards against the Browns
Foreman said he didn’t know enough about the injury to assess the risk of Cook injuring his ankle again against the Browns. But he agreed with what Cook said about his ankle being the key to his explosiveness.
“When you cut like he does, your game is affected differently from a guy who’s just a straight runner,” Foreman said. “He’s got a big loophole. He’s fast, he’s fast, and he’s got all of these things going for him. But if there is something that can limit it, it will not be the same.
In his five seasons, Cook missed 22 of 68 regular season games. In the 46 games he’s played, he’s averaged 84.5 rushing yards and 29.2 receiving yards.
“In my opinion he’s the best in the game,” Foreman said of Cook when he was healthy.