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Dalvin Cook injury update: Vikings RB says leaving game vs. Seahawks was precautionary

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Vikings running back Dalvin Cook went to the locker room midway through the third quarter of Monday night's 37-30 loss to the Seahawks and didn't play another snap, but he said after the game he was held out for precautionary reasons. 

Cook had popped up on the Vikings injury report Thursday with a chest injury that he said occurred last week against the Broncos and limited him in practice. He practiced fully Friday and began Monday's game without issue, but the injury was aggravated against the Seahawks.

On his final play of the game, Cook was trying to recover his own fumble but had his arm pinned behind him by a defender. He walked to the locker room, was listed as questionable to return, came back to the sideline quickly but never put his helmet on or re-entered the game. The fumble gave Seattle a key possession late in the close game. 

Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs was also hurt on the play, but he quickly recovered and was in on Minnesota's next drive.

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Without Cook, the Vikings relied on backup Alexander Mattison, a rookie with 394 yards on 82 carries entering Monday and added 22 yards on four rushes against the Seahawks.