A family tragedy will apparently prevent Dalvin Cook from playing in the NFL regular-season finale.
The Minnesota Vikings confirmed Wednesday that Cook's father, James, died. Per the St. Paul Pioneer Press, James Cook was 46 and suffered from a diabetic condition.
According to NFL Network, the star running back is flying to his Miami home to be with family following James Cook's unexpected passing Tuesday.
Dalvin Cook will not play in Sunday's game at Detroit. Even if he wanted to suit up against the Lions, Cook would not have sufficient time to clear COVID-19 protocols in order to be eligible for the contest, which has no bearing on the playoffs.
The entire Vikings organization is thinking of Dalvin and his family following the passing of Dalvin’s father, James Cook.
The 2020 season has been the best statistically of Cook's career. Despite missing one game, he leads the league with 1,918 yards from scrimmage and has an NFL-high 16 rushing touchdowns. Cook's 1557 rushing yards represent a career-high, 422 more than his previous best.
Cook, 25, now in his fourth season, signed a five-year, $63 million contract extension in September.
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