Cook may miss bat­tle vs. Pack­ers

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Run­ning back Dalvin Cook likely will miss the Vik­ings’ big NFC North show­down against the di­vi­sion-lead­ing Pack­ers on Mon­day night in Min­neapo­lis, ESPN re­ported Thurs­day.

Cook, who’s sev­enth in the league in rush­ing with 1,135 yards and tied for third in rush­ing touch­downs with 13, has two dif­fer­ent up­per-body in­juries. He suf­fered a shoul­der in­jury dur­ing last week­end’s vic­tory over the Charg­ers and didn’t par­tic­i­pate in prac­tice Thurs­day. He also had been nurs­ing a chest in­jury.

The Vik­ings also may not play Cook in the fi­nal game of the sea­son against the Bears to get him as healthy as pos­si­ble for the play­offs. The team can clinch a trip to the post­sea­son even be­fore tak­ing the field Mon­day if the 49ers beat the Rams on Satur­day night.

De­spite the re­ports, Cook said Thurs­day he’s do­ing ev­ery­thing he can to try and be ready for the Pack­ers.

“I’m go­ing through my nor­mal rou­tine of get­ting ready for Mon­day night and we’re go­ing to see how it goes,” Cook said. “So I’ve been in the train­ing room every day, start­ing my morn­ings early every day, and just grind­ing and try­ing to get my shoul­der so I can be avail­able when my team needs me.

“... If I’m ready to go, I’m ready to go.’’ Vik­ings coach Mike Zim­mer also didn’t say much when asked about Cook’s chances of play­ing.

“I don’t know,” Zim­mer said. “We’ll see. Yeah, I have an up­date. He seems to be do­ing good.”

Prescott plans to play: Dak Prescott is sim­ply re­liv­ing his col­lege days with a shoul­der in­jury that is lim­it­ing him in prac­tice for the first time in four sea­sons as quar­ter­back of the Cow­boys.

As for whether the 2016 of­fen­sive rooke of the year will miss his first game as a pro when the Cow­boys try to wrap up a play­off spot against the Ea­gles in Philadel­phia.

That’s a no.

“I’ll be good to go Sun­day,” Prescott said Thurs­day, a day af­ter coach Ja­son Gar­rett re­vealed that Prescott wouldn’t be throw­ing in prac­tice to start the week af­ter get­ting his right shoul­der crunched at the end of a run early in the Cow­boys’ 44-21 win over the Rams last week­end.

Prescott has shown up on the in­jury re­port be­fore with mi­nor, nag­ging is­sues, but never been forced to yield prac­tice reps to his backup.

In Prescott’s mind, some­thing about all this is nag­ging, too.

“It’s just an­noy­ing,” Prescott said of the pain he was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing. “It’s nag­ging. Def­i­nitely dealt with a lot more pain. So it’s just nag­ging.”

And fa­mil­iar, go­ing back to his days as a Mis­sis­sippi State stand­out, be­fore he was the for­got­ten fourth-round pick who rose to sud­den NFL star­dom as a rookie when Tony Romo got hurt in 2016.

“I’ve been for­tu­nate in the NFL not deal­ing with it,” said Prescott, who is sec­ond in the NFL in yards pass­ing while lead­ing the NFL’s No. 1 of­fense.


Vik­ings RB Dalvin Cook in­jured his shoul­der Sun­day against the Charg­ers.

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