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Hearing in Dalvin Cook case set 11 days after Vikings’ final regular-season game

Gracelyn Trimble, 29, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, filed a lawsuit on Nov. 9 against Cook, 26, in Dakota County District Court alleging that Cook assaulted her at his Inver Grove Heights home in November 2020.

MINNEAPOLIS — A case management conference call has been scheduled by the Dakota County District Court on Zoom for Jan. 20 in the civil lawsuit filed against Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, an indication there likely will be no resolution in the case until after the NFL’s regular season ends Jan. 9.

Gracelyn Trimble, 29, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, filed a lawsuit on Nov. 9 against Cook, 26, in Dakota County District Court alleging that Cook assaulted her at his Inver Grove Heights home in November 2020, leaving her with a concussion, plus cuts and welts on her face. The suit, which alleges battery and false imprisonment in addition to assault, seeks unspecified damages in excess of $50,000.

One day after a lawsuit was filed, Dalvin Cook proclaimed his innocence. He said he was the “victim in this situation” and that the “truth” will come out.

The Vikings play their final regular-season game on Jan. 9 against Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium. If they make the playoffs, their first game would be the weekend of Jan. 15-17.

The notice of the remote Zoom hearing was filed Tuesday in Dakota County District Court.

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Cook is fifth in the NFL in rushing with 773 yards. He suffered a shoulder injury in last Sunday’s 34-26 loss at San Francisco on Sunday and could miss the next two games.

Pioneer Press reporter Deanna Weniger contributed to this story.

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