EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings announced Thursday that they have placed running back Dalvin Cook on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Cook, who was named to the Pro Bowl on Monday, leads the NFC (and ranks third in the NFL) with 1,067 rushing yards. He has 226 carries and six scores on the season.
Cook’s absence will be a massive blow to the Vikings offense — and the team in general — as Minnesota tries to get into the playoffs down the stretch. The Vikings (7-7) currently hold the third and final NFC Wild Card spot with three games left.
Alexander Mattison, who was activated off the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, is now in line to start against the Rams on Sunday. The Vikings also have fullback C.J. Ham and running backs Kene Nwangwu and Wayne Gallman on the active roster.