The right ankle sprain that Minnesota Vikings star running back Dalvin Cook suffered in Week 2 on Sept. 19 was allegedly “doing much better” last Friday but nevertheless kept the two-time Pro Bowl selection out of the Week 3 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Per Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, Cook returned to practice Wednesday and seemed optimistic about his chances of facing the Cleveland Browns in this Sunday’s home game.
“Attacking my rehab every day real hard,” Cook explained. “We’ll see how this thing plays out, but I’m extremely confident in what we’ve got going on in the training room and what they’re doing to get me back on the field. I’m extremely confident. We’ll see how this week plays out and how I respond.”
As for why he couldn’t go against Seattle, Cook said:
“I woke up and couldn’t play. In this league, it’s either you’re going to play or you can’t. In this league, guys are flying around and doing all types of stuff, and my game is to go be explosive. I can’t be out there if I’m not explosive or not able to help my team win a football game.”
Reliable backup Alexander Mattison replaced Cook against the Seahawks and recorded 112 rushing yards on 26 carries with six receptions for 59 yards in the victory. Mattison again would serve as RB1 on the first Sunday of October if Cook is ruled out.
Cook, meanwhile, tallied 192 rushing yards and a touchdown on 42 attempts with eight catches for 60 yards across the season’s first two games that Minnesota lost.