The Vikings play on Sunday in Detroit, and return home for a Thursday game against the Steelers four days later. Given the timing of Dalvin Cook's injury, he could miss both games before the Vikings travel to Chicago for a Monday night game on Dec. 20.
Reports have been all over the place today, but the Star Tribune speculates Cook could miss the next two games because of the timing of a short week in Week 14. The story says Cook dislocated his left shoulder on a third-quarter fumble during Sunday's loss to the 49ers and that Cook tore the labrum in his left shoulder, as first reported by NFL Network. We also reported today that HC Mike Zimmer said Cook doesn't have a labrum tear and is day-to-day. "That's what they're telling me," Zimmer said as far as the day-to-day status. While the team isn't saying much, those who cover the Vikings seem to be on the same page also appear to agree Cook is going to miss some time.
Samuel will miss Week 13, an away game at Seattle, but the team hopes to have him back for Week 14, an early game at Cincy. The good news is owners will have time to adjust lineups if he's a game-time call in Week 14. Samuel had been seeing more work as a runner so Aiyuk and Jennings likely lead the way as receivers while Mitchell and Wilson should eat up Samuel's carries.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer calls RB Dalvin Cook "day-to-day" with a shoulder injury. Says he doesn't have a torn labrum, which had been reported. Wouldn't say if he dislocated his shoulder or not. Won't rule him out yet for Sunday vs. Detroit.
There was a lot of news on Cook today. Ian Rapoport was among those to report Cook dislocated his shoulder and caused a torn labrum in Week 12 against the 49ers. He also reported Cook has been playing with a torn labrum in his other shoulder. While much of what Zimmer said was evasive, one thing to note that he did say was Cook doesn't have a torn labrum. We'll continue to update Cook's status, but in the meantime, pick up Mattison if he's on your wire.