Latest COVID-19 Update a Devastating Blow to Minnesota Vikings’ Playoff Hopes

The NFL regular season is over and the Minnesota Vikings had to watch from their couch as Philadelphia Eagles clinched homefield advantage in the NFC. The loss was no doubt frustrating for fans of the purple faithful, who were looking for an impactful postseason run after last year’s disappointing finish.

The “vikings covid list” is a devastating blow to Minnesota Vikings’ playoff hopes. The team has been eliminated from the playoffs with a loss in their last game of the season.

Latest COVID-19 Update a Devastating Blow to Minnesota Vikings' Playoff Hopes

The Minnesota Vikings, who are 7-7 and on a two-game winning run, are trying all they can to reach the playoffs. However, they’ve now suffered a major setback to that attempt, as star running back Dalvin Cook has been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Vikings will be without one of their best players heading into this weekend’s game against the 10-4 Los Angeles Rams.

Dalvin Cook has been assigned to the COVID-19 reserve list.

Dalvin Cook is out for Sunday, according to Klint Kubiak. Cook is still unvaccinated, according on this.

December 23, 2021 — Dawn Mitchell (@DawnAtFOX9)

Cook, who recently made his third consecutive Pro Bowl, has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, according to the Vikings’ official website.

Cook looks to be unvaccinated, but this hasn’t been confirmed, making things more difficult for the Vikings. Because of the NFL’s new, less-stringent coronavirus standards, he could have been able to play on Sunday if he had been vaccinated. However, according to Dawn Mitchell of Fox 9 Sports, offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak has confirmed that Cook will not be playing this Sunday, implying that he is not vaccinated.

Cook will be obliged to sit out for a 10-day quarantine if this is the case. He would only be allowed to leave the quarantine if he tested negative after the requisite length of time, was asymptomatic, and physically capable of playing.

A player of Cook’s stature will be difficult to replace for the Vikings.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings The Minnesota Vikings’ Dalvin Cook #33 warms up at Levi’s Stadium before their game against the San Francisco 49ers | Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The Vikings are presently in a good news-bad news scenario after learning that Cook is undergoing coronavirus procedures.

The good news is that they’re presently a Wild Card club, with the seventh seed keeping them in the NFC’s last playoff place. As previously said, the Vikings have won two consecutive games, and if they keep winning, they will effectively control their own postseason fate.

The bad news is that the Vikings have averaged 26.5 points a game in their last two victories, but that’s mostly due to the 36 points they scored against the Steelers (They put up only 17 against the Bears). Cook rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns in that game, demonstrating that he is one of the best running backs in the NFL when he is on his game. He also makes the Vikings almost tough to defeat when he’s on his game.

A player of Cook’s stature is impossible to replace.

This is particularly true when facing a Rams defense that allows just 99.1 yards per game on the ground, which is the league’s sixth-best number.

Cook has run for 978 yards and six touchdowns on 198 carries this season. He’s had three games of over 100 yards rushing, including the aforementioned 200-yard effort against Pittsburgh.

This is a huge loss for Minnesota coming into a must-win game, no matter how you slice it.

The Minnesota Vikings’ chances of making the playoffs have been harmed.

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook The Minnesota Vikings’ Dalvin Cook #33 warms up before their game against the Los Angeles Chargers | Getty Images/Katelyn Mulcahy

We’ve reached the moment in the 2021 season when every victory and defeat weighs roughly twice as much, particularly for a club vying for a postseason berth. Yes, the Vikings are now in worst place, but with a 7-7 record, they’re tied for second place in the NFC with the Eagles and Saints, and the Washington Football club and Falcons aren’t far behind, both at 6-8.

Going up against the Rams, who are presently the NFC’s fifth seed, would have been difficult enough without Cook. The Vikings will start backup Alexander Mattison in his place if he is unable to play. He was likewise on the COVID-19 list for a short time until being activated on Wednesday. He’s as talented as any backup in the game, and he’ll still pose a danger to the Rams, but he’s no Cook. Cook may be replaced by a few running backs in the league.

Unfortunately for the Vikings, things aren’t going to get much better after the Rams game, even if Cook returns. Following the Rams, Minnesota will face the Green Bay Packers in a huge Sunday Night Football matchup. Yes, the Vikings defeated Green Bay 34-31 earlier this season, but this game will be played at Lambeau Field, and the Packers might very well be fighting for the NFC’s top seed. If Cook is fit for the Sunday night game, he’ll be returned from his quarantine, but he’ll have missed every practice leading up to it.

To be honest, keeping the Vikings’ playoff seeding was never going to be simple. They’d have to battle hard for it and pull off a couple upsets to get it.

Unfortunately, Cook’s inclusion on the COVID list has made things much more difficult for Minnesota.

Realistically, it had to be the Lambeau fan that was sighted on Sunday Night Football a few weeks back. He’d be the best Rodgers for the job if he could even act in the least.

ESPN and Pro Football Reference provided the statistics. 

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