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Vikings place Dalvin Cook on reserve/COVID-19 list; RB out vs. Rams

The Minnesota Vikings will again take the field without their star running back.

Dalvin Cook has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Thursday. Cook tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Cook will miss Sunday's game against the 10-4 Los Angeles Rams as NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported he is unvaccinated. Cook will be sidelined 10 days due to his positive test as an unvaccinated individual. The RB has a chance to play in Minnesota's Week 17 game in Green Bay at 8:20 p.m. ET on Jan. 2.

Minnesota has experience with playing without Cook this season. Cook suffered a shoulder dislocation and torn labrum in the Vikings' Week 12 loss to San Francisco, but was able to rehab aggressively enough to return in Week 14 and rush for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries in a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cook played again Monday night, carrying the ball 28 times for 89 yards in a 17-9 win over Chicago to help Minnesota improve to 7-7. With three games to play, the Vikings need to finish strong to preserve hopes of reaching the postseason via a wild-card berth.

They'll turn to backup Alexander Mattison to fill Cook's shoes on Sunday.

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