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Dalvin Cook will miss Vikings regular season finale after unexpected death of his father


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#Dalvin #Cook has flown home to #Miami and will not be available for the #Vikings in their regular-season finale against the #Detroit #Lions due to a family emergency, as first reported by #Courtney #Cronin of ESPN. #Cook’s father, #James, died unexpectedly on #Tuesday, per #Tom #Pelissero of the NFL #Network and #Chris #Tomasson of the #St. #Paul #Pioneer #Press, and the running back went home to be with his younger siblings.

The #Vikings have confirmed the news of #Dalvin’s father’s death and sent their condolences to the running back and his family.

#As #Cook tends to his family, he won’t be missing a game of significant consequence. #Minnesota has already been eliminated from playoff contention and will simply close out the 2020 season in #Detroit against their NFC #North rival #Lions, who are also just playing out the stretch at 5-10.

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#In his absence, #Alexander #Mattison will likely be handed the starting role in the #Vikings backfield. #He started one game for #Minnesota this season and rushed for just 26 yards on 10 carries in a blowout loss to the #Atlanta #Falcons. #Despite that down game that forced #Minnestoa to abandon the run, the third-year player has been solid as #Cook’s backup, totaling 4.9 yards per touch throughout his two-year career leading into #Week 17.

#Meanwhile, #Cook’s season comes to a close and has once again put together some eye-popping totals. #Through 14 games, he currently leads the league in rushing touchdowns (16) and scrimmage yards (1,918). #Cook’s 1,557 yards rushing rank second in the league only behind #Titans star #Derrick #Henry entering #Week 17.





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