This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
The Vikings offense was hampered without their top rusher and did not get much production out of Thielen as he aggravated his high-ankle sprain. Cook will miss at least 10 days, as he is unvaccinated and could be hard-pressed to return for Sunday's matchup with Green Bay. He is slated to clear protocols on Saturday but must be asymptomatic and produce negative tests. Alexander Mattison would once again start if Cook fails to complete the necessary steps.
Thielen was reportedly sore following Sunday's limited appearance and will likely be a limited participant in this week's practices.
It is not uncommon for an ankle sprain to be aggravated or re-injured. When a ligament is sprained, it is stretched beyond a biomechanical property known as its yield point. Once enough stress has been applied to push a ligament past its yield point, it remains forever changed. Think of a ligament like a rubber band. A new, unused rubber band is full of spring and easily helps hold your objects of choice together. However, over time and following multiple uses, a rubber band becomes overstretched and never quite resembles the fresh from the package elastic band and will eventually break if overstretched. A sprained ligament is comparable to a taxed rubber band. While specific treatment options can assist in recovery and help facilitate a degree of healing, the tissue remains altered. As a result, a sprained ligament is vulnerable to aggravation, especially if the individual returned to action