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Vikings Get Bad News on Dalvin Cook Injury

Jason Schandl
Dalvin Cook will likely be sidelined for Week 6 against the Falcons.
Dalvin Cook will likely be sidelined for Week 6 against the Falcons. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
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Dalvin Cook went down with a groin injury in the Minnesota Vikings' Week 5 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Mike Zimmer said the team would see how Cook does in practice before making a decision on his availability for their Week 6 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

Cook is not practicing on Wednesday, and at this point it looks like he's a long shot to suit up on Sunday.

Cook is one of the most productive running backs in the NFL when healthy. He opened the season rushing for an average of 106.0 yards per game, and he even notched 65 while making it through just 41% of the Vikings' offensive snaps in Week 5.

That "when healthy" caveat has always been the catch, however, as Cook has played just 34 games across his first four NFL seasons.

Fortunately, Alexander Mattison has been an outstanding backup. Mattison exploded for 112 yards on 20 carries against the Seahawks, and he's averaged 4.7 yards per carry across his first two NFL seasons — tying Dalvin Cook's average in that same time.

There's still a chance Cook can play if he at least gets in a limited session on Thursday, but considering the Vikes have a bye in Week 7, don't hold your breath. Cook is most likely to return in Week 8 against the division-rival Green Bay Packers.


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