Vikings Player Earns Surprise Invitation to Pro Bowl

Tyler Maher
A Minnesota Vikings player has earned a surprise invitation to the Pro Bowl.
A Minnesota Vikings player has earned a surprise invitation to the Pro Bowl. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

With less than two weeks until the Pro Bowl, players are preparing to head to Las Vegas for the festivities. One player who will not be attending, however, is Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard, who suffered a broken leg and a high-ankle sprain during the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

With Pollard now unable to go, a Minnesota Vikings player will take his place instead.

Dalvin Cook Pro Bowl

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has been named as a last-minute replacement for Pollard. This is the fourth straight Pro Bowl selection for the 27-year-old, who helped lead Minnesota to a 13-4 record this season as the team's leading rusher.

Cook played every game for the first time in his career in 2022, which aided him in finishing with his usual stellar numbers. In addition to topping 1,100 rushing yards for the fourth straight season, he also notched double-digit touchdowns (10) for the third time in four years.

While he wasn't as efficient as in years past, Cook still carried a heavy workload for the Vikings, finishing sixth in rushing attempts, sixth in rushing yards, eighth in touches and 10th in rushing yards per game across the entire league.

With Minnesota already eliminated from the playoffs, Cook should be available to attend the new-look Pro Bowl, which will feature a flag football game this year.

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