Vikings RB Dalvin Cook ‘Trending Towards Playing’ Against Steelers On TNF

Jan 26, 2020; Orlando, FL USA; NFC running back Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings runs for yardage during the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (Steve Jacobson/Image of Sport)


Dalvin Cook could be back on the field much sooner than anticipated.

Initially expected to miss multiple weeks with a dislocated left shoulder, reports start the Minnesota Vikings star running back is “trending towards playing” in the crucial Thursday Night Football matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported the news on Thursday morning.

“Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is now trending towards playing tonight against the Steelers just 11 days after dislocating his left shoulder, per sources,” he wrote on Twitter. “He’s officially listed as questionable but has gotten first-team reps in practice and wants to give it a go.”

Of course, Cook will first need medical clearance.

“The Vikings expected Cook back December 20 at Chicago,” Pelissero added. “But intense rehab has rebuilt Cook’s strength and range of motion quickly. He’d be expected to play with a harness or some form of added protection. If he gets final medical clearance, the plan is to play.”

Having Cook back on the field will provide a major boost to an offense that will already be without star wide receiver Adam Thielen.

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