Vikings Get Terrible News with Dalvin Cook COVID Update

Devon Platana
The Minnesota Vikings received bad news on Thursday with the latest Dalvin Cook COVID-19 update.
The Minnesota Vikings received bad news on Thursday with the latest Dalvin Cook COVID-19 update. / Lachlan Cunningham/GettyImages
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COVID-19 has challenged most NFL teams over the last week or so, with the Minnesota Vikings being the latest victims. It was announced on Thursday that the Vikings have placed starting running back Dalvin Cook on the COVID-19 protocol list.

Dalvin Cook Update

The news gets worse for the Vikings. According to multiple reporters, Cook has been following unvaccinated protocols throughout the season. If it turns out that he is unvaccinated and has tested positive for COVID, he must remain in self-isolation for 10 days. In other words, he'd miss Minnesota's next game.

On the other hand, if Cook is vaccinated, he can rejoin the team as soon as he produces negative tests.

Cook's absence will be felt regardless of how many games he misses. The fifth-year running back has seen 256 touches across 11 games this season, turning that into 1,288 total yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns.

The good news is that the Vikings activated backup RB Alexander Mattison from the COVID list on Wednesday. He's produced well as the starter in the three games that Cooked missed this season, turning 73 carries into 315 yards and a rushing TD.

The Vikings have a tough Week 16 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams, so they'll need their backfield to be at its best. Minnesota is currently the 3-point underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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