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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Vikings’ Dalvin Cook, still not at full force, runs for season-high 140 yards

Charlotte, NC – Vikings running back Dalvin Cook said he was “tired” after Sunday’s game in Carolina. He said his ankle was not completely healthy, but vowed that he would be “fully prepared” when the team plays in the next two weeks.

Oh, and in a 34-28 overtime win over the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Minnesota, he ran for 140 yards on 29 carries.

“He’s a tremendous player, and he showed it,” said Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Cook missed two of the last three matches due to a sprain in his right ankle. He first suffered an injury in Arizona on September 19 and sat against Seattle on September 26. He returned against Cleveland on October 3 but was ineffective and sprained his ankle. So he dropped out of last week’s game against Detroit.

Cook, however, was determined to return it for Sunday’s game.

“I whacked my tail,” he said. “(Running back coach Kennedy Polamalu) was on my tail during practice. And me, I’m just making sure I’m sharp on a lot of things, making sure I’m conditioned. Making sure I am prepared for moments like this so that I can touch football multiple times.”

Wide receiver KJ Osborne called it “huge” to take Cook back. The availability of a threat like Cook helped open the passing game, and Cousins ​​threw for 373 yards, including winning a 27-yard touchdown pass to Osborne in overtime.

Cook said he was not as sharp as he usually is. He had scored on a 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but was caught from behind on a 16-yard run in overtime, thinking he might have scored if he had been at full strength.

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“There’s still a feeling for a lot of things,” he said. “I still have my feet coming back under me. Some runs made me feel like I could slip out of them. I’m just that player. I hold myself to a higher standard. I definitely could have been better.” Was.”

When asked about Cook running 140 yards when he wasn’t at full strength, Cousins ​​said, “I’m really proud of Dalvin.”

When Cook returned to play against the Browns, the plan was to limit his carry. In that game he had nine for 34 yards while backup Alexander Mattison had 10 for 20 yards.

There were no such plans on Sunday, even though Mattison produced a game of 112 and 113 yards when Cook was out. The Vikings were playing an important game and have now received a bye and will not play again until October 31 against Dallas at US Bank Stadium.

“I come back and (29) carry,” he said. “But I was ready. I was wagging my tail in the training room, just making sure my body was in shape mentally and physically. So I told the coach, I was like, ‘I’m ready. Give me the ball. You don’t need to stop, just give me the ball.’ ”

When the Vikings play next, Cook vows to be even better.

“I’m not (completely back), but we have two weeks to do whatever we’re going to do, so the next time you see me, I’m all set to go. I will,” he said.

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