The Minnesota Vikings suffered a heartbreaking loss to a division rival the Detroit Lions. Their defeat, a 14-7 loss on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, might have come with some deadly consequences. The Vikings star rookie running back, Dalvin Cook who was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL draft, went down early in the second half with a knee injury. He did not need crutches when he returned to the bench at the end of the game, but it’s become clear that nothing else that happened on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium could have as much effect on the Vikings’ season as Dalvin Cook’s health.
As reported by the Star Tribune, His injury sent Vikings fans home in a sour mood, on a day where they’d spent plenty of time excoriating referees for a lack of calls against Lions defensive backs.
The Vikings fear Cook suffered an injury to his left anterior cruciate ligament, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
“We’re concerned about his ACL but he’s going to get an MRI in the morning and we’ll find out,” Zimmer said, adding: “If you lose a guy like him, you lose a lot of firepower.”
The loss, dropped the Vikings to 2-2 while the Lions moved into a first-place tie in the division with the Green Bay Packers.
The Vikings defensive had an outstanding performance limiting the Lions and their star quarterback Matthew Stafford to only 14 points. However stellar the defensive performance was, the Vikings missed some key chances to change the game.
They had three dropped interceptions from Anthony Barr, Trae Waynes, and Xavier Rhodes, while Mackenzie Alexander missed a chance for a pick in Lions territory after bobbling a sideline throw.
Two Lions players – linebackers Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Steve Longa – opted to continue their protest by kneeling during the anthem. Last week, it was eight players. No one on the Vikings sideline took a knee.