‘Good chance’ Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will play in L.A.

September 25, 2018

Running back Dalvin Cook said his hamstring feels great at this point after the Vikings running back was held out of practice last week and missed Sundays loss to the Bills.

Ahead of a quick turnaround Thursday night in Los Angeles, Cook was listed as not practicing Monday but said he expects to play against a Rams defense that is allowing a league-best 12 points per game.

Yeah, theres a good chance, Cook said.

Thursday nights start to Week 4 will mark about one year since Cooks rookie season ended with a torn ACL. Cook, who has 185 yards from scrimmage in two games this season, called it a milestone.

Its been a while since I overcame that thing. Its definitely a milestone, Cook said. I got back kind of early. That was the plan and Im happy with that process.

The Vikings offense was abysmal against the Bills without Cook in the lineup. A 17-0 deficit after the first quarter meant an abandoned running game that produced just 12 yards on four handoffs. Cooks return would be a welcomed one, especially with Rams star running back Todd Gurley on the other sideline.

I know he going to come out and try to run crazy, Cook said. Thats my game plan, too. I know T.G.; hes a great running back. Thats why he just got paid for what hes been doing. Just have to go out there and try to outrush their running game.

Hughes took lumps

Cornerback Mike Hughes appeared to have some rookie moments in Sundays loss to the Bills. He came off the bench and rotated with slot corner Mackensie Alexander before Trae Waynes injury forced him into a bigger role at left cornerback.

During a career-high 53 snaps on defense, Hughes was in coverage on a 22-yard completion and a deep dropped pass by a Bills receiver. He also muffed a punt return before recovering his own fumble.

I know what I was supposed to do, Hughes said. But we left a lot of plays out there on the field obviously. I was definitely ready for when my name was called.

Waynes recovering

The good news is cornerback Waynes, who had an MRI on Monday on his injured ankle, was estimated as having been limited if the Vikings held a practice on Monday.

Left tackle Riley Reiff (foot), Griffen, Cook and cornerback Marcus Sherels (ribs) were listed as not practicing.

Elflein says hes ready

Center Pat Elflein emerged from his Vikings debut on Sunday with 22 snaps and a feeling he can handle a full game heading into Thursday nights matchup in L.A. Elflein came off the bench and replaced center Brett Jones in the second quarter against the Bills.

Wanted to test the waters a little bit; stamina felt good, Elflein said Monday. I feel great now. It was good to get out there and get the feet wet again.

Bailey still waiting

Kicker Dan Bailey had one kickoff and an onside attempt in his first game for the Vikings, marking what he called a pretty rare occurrence where the eighth-year NFL veteran wasnt on the field for a field goal or extra-point attempt.

I know one for sure last year, but other than that I cant think of too many, said Bailey, who was signed last week. Its pretty rare. Sometimes thats just how it works. I was ready regardless.

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