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Vikings’ Dalvin Cook, ‘day to day’ with shoulder injury, hopes to play in London

The injury is similar to the one Cook suffered Nov. 28, 2021 at San Francisco. He sat out a Dec. 5 game at Detroit before returning to rush for 205 yards on Dec. 9 against Pittsburgh while wearing a shoulder harness.

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Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook carries the ball as Detroit Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone and cornerback Amani Oruwariye pursue during the first quarter Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at U.S. Bank Stadium.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Running back Dalvin Cook missed one game last season after suffering a shoulder injury. After a similar injury Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings hope he can come back sooner this time.

Head coach Kevin O’Connell said Monday that Cook is “day to day” after he suffered a subluxed shoulder injury, which is a partial dislocation, in Sunday’s 28-24 win over Detroit. O’Connell said after the game that Cook told him he planned to play next Sunday against New Orleans in London.

The injury is similar to the one Cook suffered Nov. 28, 2021 at San Francisco. He sat out a Dec. 5 game at Detroit before returning to rush for 205 yards on Dec. 9 against Pittsburgh while wearing a shoulder harness.

“He’s pretty sore (Monday), but obviously something he’s familiar with, his shoulder,” O’Connell said. “He’s tough, he’s ready to try to get back out there and go, but we’ll take it day to day.”

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Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook on the sidelines after he fumbled the ball late in the third quarter Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, against the Detroit Lions. Cook was injured on the play and pulled from the game and is listed as day-to-day on the injury report.
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Cook was hurt late in the third quarter on a play in which he lost a fumble. He rushed for 96 yards on 17 carries against the Lions.

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O’Connell called the subluxed shoulder injury “kind of an in-and-out type of thing.” The injury is medically described as a “partial dislocation of the shoulder joint.”

“He’s dealt with that at times, but I think it’s something he’s prepared to try to play with while also knowing we’re going to do what’s best for him to make sure we can have him as much as possible throughout the ins and outs of the rest of the season,” O’Connell said. “We’ll take it — it truly is a day-to-day thing — see how the management goes, but he wants to be out there with his teammates.”

O’Connell said Monday he has little doubt that safety Harrison Smith will return after sitting out against the Lions with a concussion suffered Sept. 19 at Philadelphia.

“Harrison Smith will be, we think, pretty much ready to go,” O’Connell said. “He’s kind of cleared the protocols. We’ll kind of limit his contact early on in the week, but the expectation is that Harry will be able to go in London.”

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