Vikings running back Dalvin Cook ruled out for Week 6 vs. Falcons

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. (Scott Eklund/AP)

The Minnesota Vikings have ruled out starting running back Dalvin Cook for Sunday's Week 6 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

Cook suffered a groin injury against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6 after catching a pass and limped out of bounds. He did not return to the game out of precaution and did not practice this week.

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the 25-year-old avoided a major injury after having an MRI Monday.

Cook leads the NFL with 489 rushing yards and seven touchdowns through six games. Minnesota has a bye week after Sunday's game so the team is taking a cautious approach with Cook and will start Alexander Mattison Sunday.

The former second pick from the 2017 NFL Draft signed a five-year, $63 million contract extension with the Vikings before the 2020 season.

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