Viking star Dalvin Cook misses week 17 due to father’s death – NFL Sports

Minneapolis — Running back Dalvin Cook is not practicing with the Minnesota Vikings this week due to his father’s death.

Two people who know the situation talking Wednesday on anonymous terms because the team did not announce the reason for his absence, Cook returned to Miami with his family after an unexpected death. I confirmed that. Cook has a younger brother, James Cook, who is a running back in Georgia.

The Vikings played in Detroit on Sunday and both teams were excluded from the playoffs, almost ending the best season of Cook’s four-year career. He was selected for the second straight pro bowl in 14 games with 1,557 rush yards and 361 receive yards, for a total of 17 touchdowns.

Even with post-season implications, Cook does not have enough time to clear the COVID-19 protocol to allow play. The NFL has a 6-day test period for newly arrived players. This is the wait period that applies to the daily interruption of the test process.

Viking coach Mike Zimmer did not mention Cook’s absence in a video conference with reporters. Quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​and wide receiver Justin Jefferson condolences to Cook, who was voted by the Minnesota Chapter of the Professional Football Writer Association as the 2020 winner of the Korey Stringer Good Guy Award for media cooperation and professionalism. expressed.

Dalvin Cook
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Cook’s absence will conclude the title in a hurry for the second consecutive year in Derrick Henry, Tennessee, who has a 220-yard lead in Cook. The next closest player on the league leaderboard will be in the final week, more than 700 yards behind Henry. Henry will be the first repeater since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006 and 2007.

Cook is slightly ahead of Henry at the top of the NFL for a total of 1,918 yards. He finishes second in team history on the single season list, behind the 2012 Adrian Peterson total of 2,314 yards, which won the League MVP Award. Peterson is the only viking player to score 18 scores in 2009 and to record a touchdown even faster in a season.

The Vikings have finished their 10-year veteran season with tight-end Kyle Rudolph (foot) on the injured list. He will miss four games in a row. Linebacker Eric Kendricks (calf) has missed four games in a row and will not be at risk of further injury on Sunday. Other than them and Cook, there were no other notable signs of absenteeism for Lions. Asked if he plans to sit the starter on Sunday, Zimmer replied no.

– NFL Sports

Viking star Dalvin Cook misses week 17 due to father’s death Viking star Dalvin Cook misses week 17 due to father’s death

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