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Dalvin Cook unlikely to play in Vikings’ Week 3 matchup with Seahawks, per report

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The Minnesota Vikings are not expected to have star running back Dalvin Cook for Sunday’s Week 3 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Heading into pre-game warmups, there is minimal confidence that Cook, who is dealing with a sprained ankle, will be able to suit up. The 26-year-old did not practice all week but is listed as questionable. 

Despite the team holding out a string of hope by labeling him as questionable, it does appear like they’ll keep him on the shelf to prevent further injury. The Vikings did elevated fellow running back Ameer Abdullah from the practice squad on Saturday, which only further suggests that Cook will miss this matchup.

With Cook expected to be down, Alexander Mattison will get the starting nod in the Vikings backfield. The last time Mattison got the start — Week 17 last year — he rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. He also caught all three of his targets for 50 yards and another score. If he can produce in a similar fashion, he’ll be able to cushion the blow of Cook’s absence. 

Through two weeks, the Seahawks are allowing an average of 162.5 rushing yards per game, which is the second-worst in the NFL

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