Skip to main content

Report: Dalvin Cook unlikely to play Monday against Packers

Cook has been fighting a shoulder injury for about a month.
Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook is not expected to suit up and play when the Vikings face the Packers in a huge border battle Monday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

Cook, battling a shoulder injury, could be shut down for the remainder fo the regular season, too, according to a report from ESPN's Courtney Cronin. Her report comes a couple of days after Schefter said he'd be surprised if Cook played again before the playoffs. 

On Monday, head coach Mike Zimmer indicated that Cook would be able to play through pain if needed. The third-year running back, who leads the Vikings with 1,135 rushing yards and 14 total touchdowns, has departed each of the last two games early because of the shoulder issue. 

Both games were blowout wins over the Lions and Chargers, so it's unclear if Cook would've played through pain had the scores been tighter. 

If Cook is out and Alexander Mattison can't play through an ankle injury that sidelined him last Sunday, Minnesota will be down to Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah in the backfield. 

The Vikings can clinch a playoff spot with a victory Monday night. They can win the NFC North by winning out coupled with the Packers losing out. Green Bay will face the Lions in Detroit in Week 17, while the Vikings stay home to play the Bears. 

Next Up


Indicators of COVID in wastewater skyrocketing in Twin Cities

Wastewater detection can serve as a predictor for rising and falling case levels.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Girl arrested for allegedly shooting her mother in northern MN

The incident occurred in Morcom Township Sunday afternoon.

voyageurs trail camera

Video: Voyageurs camera captures remarkable footage of wildlife trail

There were wolves, moose, bears, lynx, a fisher, marten and other animals.

town hall brewery

Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis closes temporarily

The owner cites the omicron variant and impending vaccine/testing requirements in Minneapolis.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

2 shootings in Brooklyn Park minutes apart; 1 injured

One person was almost hit, while a second person suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Willmar Police Department

Police: Suspect arrested in Willmar after firing gun at officer

The incident led to a manhunt that lasted into early Sunday morning.

Monti Ossenfort

Vikings lead off general manager interviews with Monti Ossenfort

Several candidates will interview for the job this week.

Payton Willis

Gophers' rally comes up short, lose to Iowa

The Gophers came back from a 23-point deficit but couldn't complete the comeback.


Firefighters respond to smoke-filled cabin to find man asleep inside

A wood stove was determined to be the cause of the smoke.


Kirk Cousins

Vikings lose wild game to Seahawks; Dalvin Cook injured

Cook appeared to injure his shoulder in the third quarter.

Dalvin Cook

Should the Vikings rest Dalvin Cook for the playoffs?

ESPN's Adam Schefter said he'd be surprised if Cook plays the next two weeks.

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook officially ruled out vs. Packers

Alexander Mattison is questionable after returning to practice on Saturday.

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook's 4 TDs help Vikings upset Packers

Cook became the first Viking with four touchdowns since 1979.

Dalvin Cook

Report: Vikings, Dalvin Cook break off contract talks

Cook is due to make $1.3 million this season.