Early reports indicated that Cook had suffered a dislocation, but the torn labrum is not something he and the Vikings are unfamiliar with, given that veteran RB missed the last two games of the 2019 season with a similar illness. It has not been determined whether the Vikings would place him in the injured reserve, which would put him on the sidelines for at least three games, or whether they would simply let him rest and rehabilitate for a period that will see the team will face the Detroit and Pittsburgh Lions. Steelers in a four-day period, hoping to potentially have him available on Dec. 20 against the Chicago Bears.
It was a touching scene on Sunday when Cook was transported to the locker room, but it looks like the Vikings dodged the worst-case scenario.
On an opening try when his team were leading 31-26, Cook was tackled in the backfield and deprived of the ball. On the way down, Cook reached the upper left side of his chest, apparently already knowing he was injured. After the fumble recovered, Cook remained on the court for several minutes as coaches attended to him. Players and coaches from both teams surrounded Cook as he was helped up and placed on a cart.
He was finally pulled from the field with tears in his eyes.
Cook missed two games with an injury earlier this season with an ankle injury, and was replaced in the roster by Alexander Mattison in those competitions. Mattison would likely replace Cook again. In his two starts, Mattison carried 51 times for 225 yards, adding 13 catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.