Running back Dalvin Cook was among five players on the Vikings active roster unable to practice Thursday.
Cook has watched two practices from the sideline since straining his groin during the Vikings’ loss in Seattle, and sources have said he’s not expected to suit up for Sunday’s game against Atlanta before a scheduled Week 7 bye.
Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson returned in some capacity, as he was suited up and participating in the start of practice after missing Wednesday’s session due to a back injury.
Cornerback Kris Boyd (hamstring) was downgraded to a non participant after being limited on Wednesday. Cornerback Holton Hill (foot) and receiver K.J. Osborn (hamstring) remain sidelined.
Guard Dru Samia (wrist) also did not practice, meaning the Vikings had a new offensive line configuration on Thursday. Rookie Ezra Cleveland has worked primarily at guard for the Vikings and could step into the starting lineup.
Coordinator Gary Kubiak was complimentary of Cleveland’s progress, as the second-round draft pick has yet to see the field on offense.
“He’s getting better every day out on the practice field,” Kubiak said. “I think Ezra’s putting himself in position that he deserves opportunities as well, the way he’s practicing. I think before this thing’s said and done, you’re going to see him get an opportunity to produce and be a part of our team. I’m really proud of how far he’s come.”
Two of the Vikings’ six players on injured reserve, right guard Pat Elflein (thumb) and linebacker Troy Dye (ankle), worked off to the side of practice. Defensive end Danielle Hunter (neck) has not been seen at practice for the past couple weeks.
The Vikings moved practice indoors to the fieldhouse at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, where due to COVID-19 restrictions only a few designated pool reporters are allowed to attend.