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Friday Brings Vikings Great News on Dalvin Cook's Shoulder Injury

Devon Platana
Friday has brought the Minnesota Vikings some great news on RB Dalvin Cook's shoulder injury.
Friday has brought the Minnesota Vikings some great news on RB Dalvin Cook's shoulder injury. / AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King

The Minnesota Vikings have a unique Week 4 matchup as they travel to London to take on the New Orleans Saints at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Saints will be missing several key players, while there were also fears that the Vikings would be without starting running back Dalvin Cook, who's nursing a shoulder injury.

Fortunately, Vikings fans can take a deep breath and relax. NFL insider Tom Pelissro reports that Cook has been removed from Minnesota's injury report and will be a full-go against the Vikings.

Dalvin Cook Injury Update

A dislocated shoulder is something that Cook has frequently dealt with over the years. The veteran rusher has been playing with an unrepaired torn labrum, which forces his shoulder to pop out of the socket. He'll likely wear a harness to keep his shoulder in place overseas — something he's done multiple times in the past.

This also wouldn't be the first time that Cook has worn a harness against the Saints. He did during the 2019-20 NFL playoffs, turning 28 carries into 94 yards and two touchdowns. A lot has changed on both sides since then, but it proves that Cook can perform while wearing protective equipment.

Cook has been productive this season, racking up 240 total yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 50 touches. If he experiences any in-game setbacks, the Vikings can call upon backup RB Alexander Mattison, who traditionally excels whenever given a larger role.

Vikings vs Saints Odds

Cook performing without limitations gives the Vikings a great opportunity to capitalize on their status as the odds-on favorites. FanDuel Sportsbook currently lists them as 3.5-point favorites over the Saints with -114 odds to cover the spread.

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