The Minnesota Vikings currently lead the Detroit Lions by a score of 7-6 in the third quarter, but something much bigger might have just happened at U.S. Bank Stadium in terms of the long-term view of this season.
Rookie running back Dalvin Cook, who has been outstanding for the Vikings thus far this season, suffered a non-contact knee injury on his first carry of the third quarter.
It came on a 10-yard run on the first play of the Vikings’ second possession of the quarter. Cook took a handoff from Case Keenum and made a cut to his right, after which he grabbed his knee. He was helped off of the field, but was later seen walking on the sideline without a limp.
Cook, the Vikings’ second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Florida State, came into this week’s game as the NFL’s second-leading rusher. His loss could be a potentially crushing blow to a Minnesota offense that had been significantly more balanced this season than they were in 2016.
We will keep you updated on Dalvin Cook’s injury when we get more news on it.