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Mike Boone impressive in place of Dalvin Cook as Vikings cruise to victory

Mike Boone replaced Dalvin Cook after the latter suffered a shoulder injury. Boone impressed and could get another opportunity in Week 16.

Minnesota Vikings running back Mike Boone warms up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: The Vikings closed this one out 39-10. Boone finished the game with 13 rushes for 56 yards and two touchdowns. Ameer Abdullah got five carries and rushed for 25 yards.

The Minnesota Vikings suffered a potentially key injury as running back Dalvin Cook injured his shoulder in the third quarter and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. In spite of that, Minnesota is rolling and is hoping they have found a decent fill-in option.

Running back Mike Boone took over as starter after Cook got hurt. He now has ten rushes for 44 yards and has punched in two touchdowns. The Vikings lead 39-10 midway through the fourth quarter and will cruise to their tenth victory of the season.

Alexander Mattison was previously Cook’s backup, but he was inactive this week with an ankle injury. There is no word on Mattison’s status for Week 16, and Cook is still TBD following his shoulder injury. The starter could be Cook, Mattison, or Boone depending on how things shake out.

The Vikings are about to finish off a big win that will put them on the verge of a playoff berth. Their win coupled with the Rams coming loss in Dallas will boost Minnesota to two games up with two weeks to go. They can clinch a playoff berth next week with a win over the Packers or a Rams loss to the 49ers.