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Dalvin Cook should play Week 14 despite shoulder injury

Dalvin Cook

Vikings star running back Dalvin Cook suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter of their Monday Night matchup against Seattle. After going down with the injury, he would not return to the game. Minnesota went on to lose the pivotal game 37-30.

The NFL’s Tom Pelissero announced Cook suffered a clavicle injury via Twitter just after midnight on Tuesday.

Pelissero also cited David Chao’s assertion that the injury was an SC joint sprain. He also suffered a chest injury against the Denver Broncos, a game in which he did not return despite saying he could have. Cook said he was hit in the same spot as that Broncos game, and that, “it was kind of like a different feeling.”

Cook has had a breakout campaign in his third year in the league. Through 12 games, he already has a career high in yards and touchdowns at 1,046 and 12, respectively. He also has just under 500 yards in the receiving game, as well.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Cook will “definitely” be ready to play in Week 14. That is nothing but good news for Minnesota, who have built their offense around Cook and the running game.

With last night’s loss, the Vikings fell to 8-4, which puts them a game behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North standings. The Packers also have the tiebreak over the Vikings after their Week 2 victory. However, Minnesota does stand a fighting chance to win the division with a Week 16 matchup in a stadium where the Packers have yet to win.

The Vikings will try to get back to their winning ways (with or without Cook) against the Detroit Lions in Minneapolis on Sunday, December 8.

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