On Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings resumed practicing in preparation for their game on Sunday in Philadelphia. A couple of pretty significant players found themselves on the sideline during Wednesday’s festivities.
Running back Dalvin Cook and running back Trae Waynes sat out of Wednesday’s practice. Cook is still nursing the hamstring injury that he suffered in Week 2 and left him on a “pitch count” against the Rams last Thursday, while Waynes is apparently dealing with the effects of a concussion suffered during that loss in Los Angeles.
Waynes will have to pass the concussion protocol in order to get back onto the field by Sunday, but it still remains to be seen whether or not Cook will be able to take the field against what is, right now, the best run defense in the NFL. The Vikings’ rush offense is currently the NFL’s worst, so any spark that Cook could potentially provide would be welcomed.
Several Vikings were limited participants in Wednesday’s practice, including defensive tackle Linval Joseph (shoulder), defensive end Tashawn Bower (ankle), and punt returner Marcus Sherels (ribs). Sherels has missed the last two games for the Vikings, with rookie Mike Hughes handling punt returns in his absence.
We will be keeping an eye on all of the Vikings’ injuries, especially those to Waynes and Cook, leading up to the final injury reports being released on Friday. However, it hasn’t gotten off to a good start for either of those two players this week.