No. 11 Florida State (4-0, 2-0) may have to be without sophomore starting running back Dalvin Cook as they ‘Noles take on Miami (3-1) on Saturday night. Cook, who injured his hamstring early during Saturday’s game that caused him to sit out during Wake Forest, is still listed as day-to-day, per head coach Jimbo Fisher on Monday. He will not participate in practice on Monday or Tuesday.
“He’s day-to-day,” Fisher said via the Palm Beach Post. “He won’t do anything the next day or two for sure. It wasn’t as drastic or as bad as we think. He’s a guy who heals very quickly and plays tough but you can’t count on that you just got to wait day by day and see how it goes.”
Cook’s usual backup, Mario Pender, remains in the hospital after suffering from a collapsed lung a couple of weeks ago. Pender had surgery last week. That means the ‘Noles will have to lean on Jacques Patrick and Jonathan Vickers in the run game — Vickers had 33 yards and his first career touchdown in the game.
“I feel good about Vickers and Patrick,” Fisher said per the Palm Beach Post. “Vickers was doing well. He had a nice red zone run, caught a nice screen, picked up a blitz.
“Patrick did a nice job, had a nice chip route. I wish we could have gotten him in there more, it was a weird game 52 plays. I feel very confident going in.”
On the defensive side of things, starting safety Nate Andrews, who left Saturday’s game with a left knee injury, did not tear his ACL per Fisher, and the head coach believes it is just a bone bruise that will keep him out for two to three weeks. Linebacker Terrance Smith is also banged up with a swollen ankle — he is listed as day-to-day as well.