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Rapoport: Dalvin Cook not expected to play on Sunday

Sounds like he’s going to be out again

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If the Minnesota Vikings’ NFL-worst rushing offense is going to get things turned around on Sunday in Philadelphia, it sounds like they’re going to have to do it without their top running back.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Vikings are not expecting running back Dalvin Cook to play on Sunday.

Cook was injured in overtime of the Week 2 tie against Green Bay, and sat out of the Week 3 loss against Buffalo. While he did play on Thursday Night Football in Week 4 against Los Angeles, he was on a “pitch count,” and wound up sitting out the entire second half of that contest.

Due to a combination of the hamstring injury and the relative ineffectiveness of the Vikings’ offensive line, Cook has gotten off to a disappointing start to his comeback season. He has just 98 yards on 36 carries so far this year, and now it appears he’s going to miss his second game in three weeks.

Hopefully the Vikings’ run game, sans Cook, can get something going on Sunday to balance out the offense a little bit, and when the Vikings return to U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 6 he will be ready to get back onto the field.