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Dalvin Cook ruled out for Week 6 vs. Falcons

Vikings RB avoids longterm injury, but will be held out Week 6

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) celebrates with wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) after rushing for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field.  Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Friday update: Dalvin Cook will not play in Week 6, per ESPN’s Field Yates. Alexander will get the start and is a strong start this week.

Thursday PM update: Cook is not practicing on Thursday, per Andrew Krammer. It appears highly unlikely Cook will be playing this weekend against the Falcons.

Wednesday PM update: Cook is not practicing on Wednesday due to his groin injury, per Courtney Cronin.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook suffered a groin injury Sunday night against the Seahawks. he came back in the game for one play, but then left and never returned. He had an MRI on Monday, and coach Mike Zimmer said that it went “pretty well,” per ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.

It appears that Cook has avoided a serious injury, but there is still a chance they hold him out against the 0-5 Falcons. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero believes they could hold Cook out:

Much will depend on if he can practice this week and if they believe there is any chance that he might aggravate the injury. Alexander Mattison looked good in relief of Cook and he would carry the load against the Falcons if they decide to give Cook the bye week to get fully healthy.