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Dalvin Cook | Left shoulder dislocation | Week-to-Week | Doubtful Week 13
Cook went down awkwardly after a tackle in the third quarter and reached for the front of his left shoulder and chest.
Former NFL team physicians David Chao and Matthew Provencher are speculating Cook may have suffered an injury to his pectoral muscle. A tendon tear would end his season, while a muscle injury may only require 2-4 weeks of recovery time. The location of Cook's reaction is consistent with the pectoral muscle area.
But it's also possible Cook suffered a dislocated shoulder. Cook has dislocated his left shoulder multiple times previously. The Vikings announced the injury as a shoulder injury rather than a chest injury. And Cook's reaction and limited video of the medical evaluation and treatment on the field are more consistent with a shoulder dislocation. Cook would likely need 2-3 weeks to rehab his shoulder if a dislocation is the diagnosis.
Mike Zimmer said Cook would have an MRI on Monday to define the injury. It's likely the national media will hint at a diagnosis before Monday's MRI. Regardless of the final diagnosis, prepare for Cook to miss multiple weeks. Hopefully, the injury will not be season-ending.
Sunday update: Ian Rapoport tweeted Cook dislocated his shoulder. Monday's MRI will assess how much damage occurred around the shoulder. Expect Cook to miss 2-3 weeks but he has dealt with similar injuries before. If his range of motion and pain improve quickly enough, he could return in Week 15.
Monday update: Rapoport tweeted Cook suffered a labral tear in his shoulder. Zimmer denied the report and says Cook is day-to-day. It's very likely Cook has a labral tear, a very common occurrence with a shoulder dislocation. The recovery timetable remains 2-3 weeks regardless of the specifics of the injury. The Vikings have a Thursday night game in Week 14, giving Cook even less time to return after just one missed game.
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