Mike Zimmer wasn't fooling anybody. After the Minnesota Vikings head coach tried earlier in the week to quell reports that running back Dalvin Cook was being shut down for the remainder of the regular season, the team made the expected decision on Saturday about his status.
Indeed, Cook has been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Green Bay Packers. He ended up being unable to practice all week long, leading to his status on the injury report.
Meanwhile, Cook's backup may end up making an appearance this week. Alexander Mattison missed practice on Thursday and Friday, but he was a limited participant on Saturday. That led to him carrying a questionable designation for the game.
The Green Bay Packers, on the other hand, have just a single notable player with an injury status this week. That belongs to defensive end Dean Lowry, who is dealing with an ankle issue. Lowry practiced fully on Saturday after bring limited early in the week, but the team is evidently being cautious with him for Monday. If he would be unable to play, that would be a blow to the Packers' strength and depth on the defensive line.
The one other Packer listed on the injury report is backup tackle Yosh Nijman, who is out. However, following the report's release, the Packers placed him on injured reserve. The team also signed a replacement off the New Orleans Saints' practice squad, adding fellow tackle John Leglue to the roster as a depth piece.
Here are the reports for both teams.
PACKERS INJURY REPORT
OUT: OT Yosh Nijman (moved to IR)
QUESTIONABLE: DL Dean Lowry
VIKINGS INJURY REPORT
OUT: RB Dalvin Cook
QUESTIONABLE: RB Alexander Mattison