Vikings’ Cook to miss Falcons game
NFL leading rusher Dalvin Cook will sit out the Vikings’ game on Sunday against the Falcons because of a groin injury, giving Alexander Mattison the opportunity for his first career start at running back.
The Vikings also announced Friday that right guard Dru Samia (wrist), cornerback Kris Boyd (hamstring) and wide receiver/ kick returner K.J. Osborn (hamstring) were ruled out for the game. Cornerback Holton Hill (foot) was listed as doubtful to face the Falcons.
The Vikings have their bye scheduled for next week, so Cook’s absence was likely after getting hurt in the second half last week in Seattle. Mattison rushed for a career-high 112 yards in relief.
■ The Lions have ruled out CB Desmond Trufant for Sunday’s game in Jacksonville and put TE Hunter Bryant on injured reserve. Trufant is out with a hamstring injury. Bryant has dealt with hamstring and concussion issues.
Colleges: Kansas coach Les Miles has been cleared to return to the Jayhawks after his positive test for COVID-19, but out of caution is skipping the team’s trip to West Virginia for Saturday’s game. Miles, 66, announced last week that routine testing had returned a positive test. He experienced only mild symptoms while he was quarantining, and he was able to work remotely with the Jayhawks during their bye week. Also, Southern Mississippi at UTEP became the sixth game scheduled for Saturday to be postponed this week. Southern Miss announced an increase in positive COVID-19 test results. ... Kansas F Silvio de Sousa is opting out of the upcoming college basketball season, potentially ending what has been one of the most controversial tenures of any player to have joined coach Bill Self’s blueblood program. Self said in a statement that de Sousa was opting out to “focus on matters in his personal life.”
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