Vikings Leaning Toward Resting RB Dalvin Cook Until Playoffs

     

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is unlikely to play this week against the Packers, and Schefter adds Minnesota is considering sitting Cook until the playoffs. 

Cook suffered a shoulder injury a few weeks ago that he’s been dealing with. The hope is with an extra two weeks off Cook could avoid re-aggravating the injury, as he’s done a couple times already, and be completely ready for the Vikings in the postseason. 

As third-round rookie RB Alexander Mattison is also dealing with an injury to his ankle, Minnesota would be down to Mike Boone, Ameer Abdullah and FB C.J. Ham in the backfield. 

Cook, 24, is a former second-round pick of the Vikings back in 2017. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $6.35 million contract and set to make base salaries of $1.04 million and $1.13 million over the next two years of the agreement.

In 2019, Cook has appeared in 14 games for the Vikings and rushed for 1,135 yards on 250 carries (4.5 YPC) with 13 touchdowns to go along with 53 receptions for 519 yards receiving.

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