Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will likely receive a much-deserved honor, though not in the way he might have hoped.

Cook was one of the inaugural Pro Bowl Games’ biggest snubs after his 2022 regular season. Cook amassed 1,173 rushing yards (6th) and eight rushing touchdowns (12th) on the season. It was his efforts on the ground that helped make the Vikings’ offense one of the most dangerous units in football.

It look as if Cook had fallen short of his fourth straight Pro Bowl nod. But an unfortunate development might have created an opening for Cook, who was named the NFC’s first alternate at the running back position.

On Sunday, Dallas Cowboys running Tony Pollard, who earned his first career Pro Bowl appearance this season, suffered a fractured fibula in his team’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

While it might not have been the way Cook envisioned receiving this individual accolade, he put together a Pro Bowl caliber season. Cook will join his Vikings teammates Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, T.J. Hockenson, Za’Darius Smith and Andrew DePaola for the event which takes place next weekend in las Vegas.

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