MN Viking Dalvin Cook not sure when he’ll be back and "Minneapolis Miracle" reunion

Vikings on Drew Brees: "When we get the opportunities to get them in passing situations we need to get this guy on the ground."

The Players Show
October 22, 2018 - 8:09 pm

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On The Players Show with WCCO’s Mike Max and Former Viking General Manager Jeff Diamond running back Dalvin Cook said he’s working towards getting back with his team after suffering a hamstring injury during week two.

 “I’m progressing every day, every week,” said Cook. “The time table on me getting back is still day to day, week to week. Once I get 100 percent I’ll be back out there competing with my team.”

Cook missed his third game straight last Sunday when Vikings defeated the New York Jets with a finale score of 37 to 17, putting the team at the top of the NFC North. Cook injured his hamstring in the second week of the season in overtime with the Green Bay Packers. Cook said the resources given at the Vikings new training facility, TCO Performance Center, are state-of-the-art and he’s hopeful he’ll be back soon.

Sunday’s windy game at MetLife Stadium forced the Vikings to run the football more often.

“We’re getting the running game going. We just need to carry it on this weekend. It’s going to be a big task on hand, we’re going to do that against the Saints,” said Cook.

The New Orleans Saints will be coming to U.S. Bank Stadium for Sunday Night Football, a “Minneapolis Miracle” reunion.

Vikings Defensive-end Stephen Weatherly told Max and Diamond they went into Sunday’s game knowing they needed to stop the Jets passing and game and force the run. The Vikings defense had three sacks and four turnovers in the ballgame, and the Jets ended 50 yards under their rushing average.

“Week in and week out, our first objective is to stop the run. Forcing teams to pass; try and make them one dimensional as possible,” said Weatherly.

Weatherly said to stop Saints quarterback Drew Brees defensively on Sunday everyone needs to do their job, “especially up front.”

“First and foremost, stop the run and second, when we get the opportunities to get them in passing situations we need to get this guy on the ground and don’t leave it to chance,” said Weatherly.

Brees threw his 500th touchdown pass last Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens with a 24 to 23 victory. The team is now 5 and 1 for the season going into Sunday.

Vikings fans will also see a familiar face come game time as former Viking Teddy Bridgewater comes back to Minnesota in a Saints uniform.