Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has vowed to play through an ankle injury that he suffered in Week 2. Cook missed a Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks but returned to the field last week. In his return to the field, Cook was clearly hampered by the injury but still he managed to play.
"That's the plan," Cook said on Wednesday, per ESPN. "I don't feel like I'm getting worse. I don't feel like I'm headed in the wrong direction. I feel like I'm headed in the right direction to get myself back to where I need to be at.
You have those days, but we just played a game. Just trying to work myself back to being 100% so I can help us win games." Cook had nine carries for 34 yards in a 14-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns this Sunday. Cook missed the majority of the second half before returning toward the end of the game.
"I think Dalvin was feeling a little sore and we were just kind of monitoring him," offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak said. "We didn't want to put him out there injured. To his credit, he came back in the game and really wanted to come play and help us win, and did a great job.
It just speaks to his toughness."
Cook missed Wednesday's practice
"It's kind of like hand-in-hand because, if you're not out there, you're frustrated still," Cook said. "And if you are out there, sometimes it can hinder you from being the Dalvin that's being explosive a lot of plays -- and sometimes it can do that, and that's the frustrating part.
But you play through it. Part of this game is playing through pain, and that's what comes with it. Playing through injury is something different. Playing through pain, that's what comes with this game. And that's what I'm dealing with, a little pain."
Backup running back Alexander Mattison has played well and Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is comfortable calling plays for Mattison he would usually call for Cook. "We're not making wholesale changes based on the back," Kubiak said.
"I think both those guys give us a great opportunity to win and I'm really pleased with Mattison. Wish I would have got him some more production last week but I know he's up for the challenge in this one. "We certainly miss Dalvin's production, but we have a lot of confidence in the guys behind him picking up the slack."