Dalvin Cook and other Vikings unlikely to play in first preseason game

Vikings announced Dalvin Cook, other injured players unlikely to play in first preseason game

The Minnesota Vikings didn't need to present an inactive list before their first preseason game in Denver on Saturday night, but the team did announce several players unlikely to play via the team's official Twitter account.

The team tweeted that, WR Tavarres King, WR Brandon Zylstra, S Jayron Kearse, RB Dalvin Cook, LB Anthony Barr, OL Nick Easton, C Pat Elflein (PUP), G Colby Gossett, OL Mike Remmers and DT Linval Joseph aren't likely to play.

Of course, Elflein hasn't practiced since the start of training camp while on the physically unable to perform list after offseason surgeries and Easton is likely lost for the season after he had surgery this week for a bulging disc in his neck.

The other players have missed some time during training camp with injuries, as well, so their absences are likely precautionary. Head coach Mike Zimmer has been unwilling to discuss any injuries.

One surprise is safety Jayron Kearse, who has been practicing. No word on a potential Kearse injury.

Cook is returning from ACL surgery last season and has looked good in camp, but the Vikings will likely be safe with their top running back. Barr has missed recent time with an undisclosed injury. Joseph missed one day of practice but returned later in the week. Starting offensive lineman Mike Remmers reportedly has an ankle injury. He's been seen working on the side with strength coaches and has stood and watched practices.