It sounds like Cook merely fell victim to the high temperatures at Lambeau Field rather than any sort of injury, so there shouldn't be much concern about the running back's status heading into the Vikings' Week 3 matchup with the Bills. Prior to departing, Cook saw a reduction in volume compared to his Week 1 workload, which was largely a byproduct of the Vikings trailing for most of the day. He finished the contest with 38 yards on 10 carries and added three receptions for 52 yards.
Cook downplayed the hamstring issue he dealt with Sunday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Just fatigue," Cook noted with the regard to the reason for his exit from Sunday's tie with the Packers. "It was hot out there."
The running back's status will still be worth monitoring in the coming days, but with his injury not related to last year's season-ending knee issue and seemingly minor, it looks like those invested in Cook have caught a break. The Vikings take on the Bills at home next Sunday.
Cook played 57 of 71 snaps (80.3 percent) on offense in Sunday's 24-16 win over the 49ers.
Cook lost a fumble and averaged just 2.5 yards on 16 carries, but he largely made up for it with six catches for 55 yards on seven targets. Latavius Murray took 11 carries for 42 yards on just 14 snaps, with six of his chances coming in the final six minutes of the game when the Vikings were clinging to an eight-point lead. Cook held a 19-to-5 touch advantage over Murray midway through the fourth quarter, showing no signs of any workload restriction in his first regular-season action since tearing an ACL in Week 4 last year. Cook figures to stay busy as the clear leader of Minnesota's backfield Week 2 in Green Bay.
Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said there's no set plan for Cook's workload on Sunday. "We're not sure yet. We're going to see how it goes. There's nothing that hasn't told us that he can't carry the load," DeFilippo told Courtney Cronin of ESPN.
Cook has only two carries (both in preseason Week 3) since tearing the ACL in his left knee Week 4 of last season. While head coach Mike Zimmer has praised Cook and said he's back to full strength, it's not clear if Cook will be eased into action Sunday. DeFilippo's comments could be read either way in that Cook isn't on a limited play count, but not guaranteed a large workload either.
Cook rushed twice for one yard during Friday's preseason game against the Seahawks. He was also targeted once but did not record a reception.
Seeing his first live action since Week 4 of the 2017 season, Cook was on the field for Minnesota's first four offensive snaps before being pulled in favor of Latavius Murray. Those four snaps were all Vikings coaches apparently needed to see, though, as Cook's removal from the game was for nothing more than to ensure his health for the games that matter. With the starting offense all but guaranteed to sit out the team's preseason finale next Thursday against the Titans, we won't be seeing Cook again until Minnesota's regular-season opener Sept. 9 against the 49ers.
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|5||10/7/18||@ PHI||4:25 pm|
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