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Dalvin Cook leaves Week 12 game with injury after fumble, replaced by Alexander Mattison

The Vikings best offensive player has left the game as the team is stumbling early in the third quarter.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) is tackled by Carolina Panthers defensive end Marquis Haynes (98) and cornerback Corn Elder (29) during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Return update: Cook returned to the game late in the third quarter, per Will Brinson. He left after one play but it was because the Vikings ran an empty set formation. He’s back.

Status update: The team announced Cook has an ankle injury and is probable to return.

UPDATE: Cook continues trying to get his leg right and has his helmet on on the sideline, per Will Brinson. However, Alexander Mattison is getting the running back snaps for the time being in the third quarter.

UPDATE: Cook left the blue medical tent and is trying to walk off the pain, according to Ben Goessling.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook suffered a leg injury during the third quarter of his team’s Week 12 matchup against the Carolina Panthers and had a hard time putting weight on his right leg after being stripped by rookie safety Jeremy Chinn. He amassed just 37 rushing yards on 13 carries before being moved to the blue medical tent for evaluation and will be replaced by Alexander Mattison.

The injury happened on this play.