For the first time since Week 2, the Minnesota Vikings are expected to have a fully operational Dalvin Cook at running back with no restrictions on how many snaps he can take, according to Courtney Cronin of ESPN.
Cook was healthy for the Vikings’ first two games of the season, but injured a hamstring in the Week 2 tie against the Green Bay Packers. He missed Week 3 and was on a limited number of snaps in Week 4, and then was inactive until the Week 9 victory over Detroit. He was on a snap limit in that game as well. According to Cronin, the coaching staff has lifted any potential workload restrictions on Cook for this Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
“To us, Dalvin’s full go,” Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said. “Obviously you’re going to see how the game is played out and those things. Dalvin’s anticipating being full go.”
Cook, obviously, is pretty excited to go as well.
“I’m ready to go,” Cook said. “We’re going to see if I’m 100 percent. My body, I feel great. So yeah, I’m there.”
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”I’m hype,” Cook said. “Around this year last time I was on the couch watching my team compete, wishing I could be out here. Now I’m out here, I’ve got to take full advantage of it. I’m hype, I’m ready to go.”
Hopefully Cook can stay on the field going forward, as the Vikings’ offense just seems to have a whole different dimension to it when he’s out there. Latavius Murray has done a very nice job for the Vikings in Cook’s absence, but if the Vikings are going to make a big push going forward, the Vikings are going to need to have #33 available.