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Schefter: “I’d be surprised” if Dalvin Cook plays the rest of the regular season

Vikings RB dealing with shoulder injury suffered in win over Charger last Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is stopped by Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James after a short gain in the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park.  Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is unlikely to play the rest of the regular season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter alluded to Monday night.

Cook went down in the Vikings’ blowout win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 15 due to a shoulder injury. Schefter seems to believe that Minnesota will be cautious with Cook heading into the playoffs and make sure he’s healthy.

Fantasy Football Analysis: Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook

After Cook left Sunday’s game, Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone took up the bulk of the carries the rest of the game. Boone was the more impressive back, finishing with 56 yards and two TDs on 13 carries. C.J. Ham was actually used as the pass-catching back, so it’s unclear who will dominate the backfield (if any) in Week 16 vs. the Green Bay Packers. Boone is the most appealing options if you’re considering a replacement for Cook in your championship round. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Abdullah and Boone split carries.