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NFL World Reacts To Thursday's Dalvin Cook News

Minnesota Vikings star Dalvin Cook running with the football.

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 23: Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball in the first half against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 23, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Vikings are set to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night football this evening.

While Dalvin Cook's status for tonight's game was up in the air for most of the week, it sounds like the Vikings will have their star running back on the field.

According to reports, Minnesota is optimistic that Cook will be able to play against the AFC North franchise.

"Dalvin Cook is now trending towards playing tonight against the #Steelers just 11 days after dislocating his left shoulder, per sources. He’s officially listed as questionable but has gotten first-team reps in practice and wants to give it a go," NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reports.

That's obviously a big boost for Minnesota.

According to ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler, Cook is going to play barring a surprising pregame setback.

Many in the football world are surprised by the news. Most believed that there was little to no chance that Cook would play on Thursday night.

The Vikings and the Steelers, meanwhile, are set to kick off at 8:20 p.m. E.T.

The game will air on FOX and NFL Network.