Vikings news: Dalvin Cook expects to play vs. Lions after chest injury
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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook expects to play vs. Lions after chest injury

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The Minnesota Vikings were able to dodge a bullet on Monday night when Dalvin Cook’s injury was labeled as not serious. For right now, Cook expects to play versus the Detroit Lions after his chest injury against the Seattle Seahawks.

In the third quarter of Monday’s game, Cook took a handoff from Kirk Cousins and was taken to the ground by Rasheem Green of the Seahawks. While going to the ground, Green punched the ball loose from Cook’s grasp and Bradley McDougald recovered it.

The Vikings’ reliable running back remained on the ground for an extended period of time before making his way to the locker room. At first, his injury was diagnosed as a shoulder ailment and his return was questionable.

Cook never returned to the game and the injury actually was deemed as a chest injury that he had re-injured. The team’s go-to running back originally suffered the injury in Week 11 against the Denver Broncos.

The injury also caused Cook to be limited in practice in the week leading up to the game versus the Seahawks. Luckily for Minnesota, the injury doesn’t appear to be anything that will sideline Cook for any games.

This season, Cook has supplied the Vikings with 1,536 yards from scrimmage and 12 total touchdowns. Due to the loss on Monday night, Minnesota now holds just a one-game lead for the final Wild Card spot in the NFC.

In light of that, it is vital that the Vikings have their full array of weapons for the final stretch of the season.