Minnesota Vikings’ Dalvin Cook lauded as ‘warrior’ after rushing for 205 yards in quick return from injury

Minnesota Vikings’ Dalvin Cook lauded as ‘warrior’ after rushing for 205 yards in quick return from injury

MINNEAPOLIS — Dalvin Cook gingerly walked as much as the rostrum, sans footwear, following the Minnesota Vikings’ thrilling 36-28 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night time.

“My feet hurt,” Cook stated. “You’ve gotta give the dogs a break. I’m good, though.”

The Vikings operating again definitely deserved to kick his ft up after rushing for 205 yards and two touchdowns towards the Steelers in his faster-than-expected return from a shoulder injury.

Just 11 days after Cook dislocated his shoulder in San Francisco, an injury that stored him out of final week’s loss at beforehand winless Detroit, he lined up in the backfield and loved essentially the most operating room he has seen all season. Cook set a franchise document with 153 rushing yards in the primary half, and he wanted solely 14 carries to do it. As a staff, the Vikings completed with 5.1 yards per rush earlier than contact towards the Steelers, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Information analysis.

“The holes were big all night,” Cook stated. “So you’ve gotta give those guys credit up front. They’re my guys. They did a great job of blocking for me tonight. Receivers, tight ends, everybody did a great job of blocking for me tonight. I’m just hitting holes and trying to find some space out there.”

Cook wore the identical harness to assist his left shoulder that he wore in 2019, when he suffered an analogous injury. He was initially anticipated to overlook two video games after he was carted off the sphere in the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s loss at San Francisco in Week 12. He missed Sunday’s loss to the Lions however was formally listed as questionable for Thursday night time’s sport after being a restricted participant at apply on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Coach Mike Zimmer stated he was informed after apply Tuesday that Cook had an excellent likelihood of enjoying, given how nicely he had been progressing together with his rehab.

“I think he’s a warrior,” Zimmer stated. “He comes out and competes. He’s a great leader. He’s a great competitor. He wants to play. Eric Sugarman, our trainer, texted him today and said, ‘Hey, are you sure you’re OK and good to go?’ He said, ‘I have no regrets, I’m good to go.’ He said, ‘That’s why I do this, I want to play.’

“That’s the sort of man he’s. There was little question in his thoughts he was enjoying tonight.”

Cook, 26, has rushed for 978 yards and 6 touchdowns in 10 video games this season and in addition has 28 receptions. He is the NFL’s seventh-leading rusher regardless of lacking three video games this season and is fourth in the league in common rushing yards per sport at 85.9.

The Vikings (6-7) already had dominated out huge receiver Adam Thielen (ankle) and rookie offensive deal with Christian Darrisaw (ankle) for Thursday night time’s residence sport towards the Steelers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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