The 2-3 Minnesota Vikings will look to get back to .500 this weekend when they go against the Carolina Panthers. However, this week was a busy one for Minnesota with multiple players dealing with injuries, including some key performers.
Fortunately, Friday's injury report brought great news for the Vikings regarding their three top offensive weapons. Running back Dalvin Cook, plus wideouts Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, are all healthy enough to play Sunday.
Dalvin Cook Injury Update
Cook was sidelined from Minnesota's Week 6 tilt against the Detroit Lions with an ankle injury. The Vikings didn't need Cook with backup Alex Mattison racking up153 total yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.
Nevertheless, Cook is back and it's still his backfield. He has 226 rushing yards and a touchdown on 51 carries this season, adding 10 receptions for an additional 70 yards.
The Panthers pose a tough matchup for Cook after allowing 94.2 rushing yards per game (8th) this season. Still, it'll be a good test to see whether he's back to his normal self or not.
Adam Thielen Injury Update
Meanwhile, Thielen was dealing with a foot injury that held him out of practice on Wednesday. He was limited Thursday, so the fact that he's cleared to play this weekend is welcomed news.
Thielen has had his fair share of ups and downs this season. While his four receiving yards are the most on the team, his 10.3 yards per reception are a career worst. He's still a valuable tool in the Vikings offense, but it's looking like his age may be catching up to him.
Things won't get an easier for Thielen (or the rest of Minnesota's pass-catchers this weekend with the Panthers allowing the fewest passing yards per game (161.6) in 2021.
Justin Jefferson Injury Update
Like Thielen, Jefferson had been dealing with a foot injury — specifically, his ankle — this week. He was kept out of practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, so Friday's update was a pleasant surprise.
Jefferson has managed to avoid the dreaded "sophomore slump" after an electric showing in his first year. He currently ranks seventh in the league in receptions (33), sixth in receiving yards (462) and already has two 100-yard performances in five games.
Even against a tough Carolina defense, expect Jefferson to perform like the stud that he is as long as his ankle doesn't bother him.
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