Dalvin Cook injury update: RB Vikings walked off the pitch in tears with a shoulder injury against the 49ers

The Vikings will need to end their Week 12 game against the 49ers without star running back Dalvin Cook.

Cook injured himself after falling awkwardly to the ground while being tackled. He picked up the ball during a rush attempt but was quickly encountered by 49ers defender Kevin Givens. Cook leaned back as Givens pushed him to the ground.

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It was immediately clear that Cook had been injured. He fumbled and stayed on the ground long after the play. The Vikings finally got the wagon out for Cook and he was greeted by his teammates as he walked out of the pitch with tears in his eyes.

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The Vikings later announced that Cook suffered a shoulder injury. He was excluded for the rest of the game.

Cook totaled 39 yards on 10 carries before leaving the game. He was not targeted in the passing game and also fumbled.

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It’s unclear how long Cook can be sidelined. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Cook undergoes an MRI on Monday and the team will know if the injury ends the season once that happens.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Cook suffered a dislocated shoulder on the game. Cooks was also already struggling with a torn labrum in his opposite shoulder, according to Rapoport’s report, so now he’s treating two illnesses.

As long as Cook is out, Alexander Mattison will be the Vikings’ main fullback. He has started two games this season and averaged 162 scrum yards per game in those competitions. He also had a touchdown earlier in Minnesota’s game against the 49ers while spelling Cook.

Kene Nwangwu will also see the action as Mattison’s backup. Nwangwu has recorded two return kicking TDs this season and recorded his first carry against the 49ers. It lasted seven meters

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