Vikings star RB Dalvin Cook among latest to be sidelined

In its first week under new protocols, the NFL continues to deal with COVID-19 fallout.

Dozens of players have been added to the reserve list in the past few days, including several big names. And while many of those figures could be able to test out of the protocols before Week 16 games, others could miss contests that will prove critical in shaping the playoff race over the final three weeks of the regular season.

Here’s all the latest on COVID-19 cases throughout the NFL, including which players are headed to the COVID-19 reserve list and which ones are coming off it:

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings place star RB Dalvin Cook out Sunday after landing on COVID-19 reserve list

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will miss Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams after landing on the COVID-19 reserve list.

Offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak confirmed Thursday that Cook is unvaccinated and would be out Sunday. Cook will have to be quarantined for at least 10 days before he can return.

Cook, who was selected to his third Pro Bowl on Wednesday, ranks third in the NFL with 1,067 rushing yards this season and is averaging 4.7 yards per carry.

Minnesota also placed cornerback Tye Smith and practice squad offensive guard on the COVID-19 reserve list. The Vikings also activated wide receiver Dan Chisena from the list.

At 7-7, the Vikings currently are in position for the final wild-card spot in the NFC, though they are tied with the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints.

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