Dalvin Cook questionable, Adam Thielen and Christian Darrisaw out
The Vikings’ starting running back returned to practice on a limited basis on Tuesday
Just 11 days after suffering a shoulder injury at San Francisco, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has a chance of returning to the lineup.
The Vikings on Wednesday listed Cook as questionable for Thursday night’s game against Pittsburgh at U.S. Bank Stadium. Cook, who was hurt Nov. 28 against the 49ers and sat out last Sunday’s 29-27 loss at Detroit, returned to practice Tuesday on a limited basis.
The Vikings ruled wide receiver Adam Thielen and tackle Christian Darrisaw out for Thursday’s game. Thielen suffered a left high ankle sprain in the first quarter against the Lions, and Darrisaw will miss his second straight game after hurting his ankle against the 49ers.
The Vikings also listed safety Camryn Bynum (ankle) and linebacker Blake Lynch (hip) as questionable for Thursday. Bynum has missed the past two games and Lynch was injured against the Lions.
The Vikings on Thursday will get back three defensive starters who sat out against the Lions. Returning will be cornerback Patrick Peterson, who was activated Tuesday off the COVID-19 reserve list, linebacker Anthony Barr, who suffered a hamstring injury against the 49ers, and linebacker Eric Kendricks, who had a biceps injury.
If Cook doesn’t play, he will replaced by Alexander Mattison for a fourth time this season. In the three games Cook has missed, Mattison has averaged 105 yards rushing, including 90 at Detroit.
With Thielen out, K.J. Osborn will move up to be the Vikings’ No. 2 receiver and Dede Westbrook will be No. 3. Osborn this season has 35 catches for 412 yards with three touchdowns.
“K.J. has shown so much to us all season long, all training camp, all offseason, and I do have a lot of confidence in what he can bring us,’’ said Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.
With Darrisaw out, the Vikings could start the same offensive line they did against the Lions of left tackle Oli Udoh, left guard Ezra Cleveland, center Garrett Bradbury, right guard Mason Cole and right tackle Brian O’Neill.
“They did all right,’’ Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said of the line’s showing at Detroit.
The Steelers listed as out for Thursday cornerback Joe Haden (foot), linebacker Robert Spillane (knee), offensive lineman B.J. Finney (back) and defensive end Isaiah Buggs (ankle).