‘Noles in NFL playoffs: Cook makes return for wild card game

Dalvin Cook missed Minnesota’s final two regular-season games due to injury. But he is ready to go for the Vikings’ playoff game on Sunday.

The former Florida State tailback received treatment for his shoulder. Cook ran for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns in 14 games in his third season in Minnesota.

“It’s a long season,” Cook told reporters in Minneapolis. “You go through a lot, your body takes a lot. I got some rest, and I’m ready to go.”

Cook’s return highlights the list of former FSU players who are in the NFL playoffs. The Vikings will play at New Orleans on Sunday.

Here are the NFL playoff games coming up this weekend and some Seminoles who will be playing:

Bills at Texans, Saturday at 4:35 p.m. (ESPN): Roderick Johnson played in 16 games (starting three) for Houston. Johnson played 364 snaps, was penalized once and allowed just three sacks, according to Pro Football Focus.

Titans at Patriots, Saturday at 8:15 p.m. (CBS): Defensive back Terrence Brooks has 24 tackles and one interception in 15 games this season for the Patriots. Ryan Izzo has six catches for 114 yards and a touchdown for the Patriots but has not played since October, in part due to a concussion. Izzo appears to have fully recovered and Patriots media have said he has recently been a “healthy scratch,” which likely means he is lower on the tight end depth chart.

Vikings at Saints, Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (FOX): Cook will be participating in his first playoff game after missing one in 2017 due to a knee injury. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes has 63 tackles for Minnesota. Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. has eight tackles and three sacks, while defensive back Patrick Robinson has 16 tackles for New Orleans.

Seahawks at Eagles, Sunday at 4:40 p.m. (NBC): Philadelphia is loaded with FSU ties, including linebacker Nigel Bradham (61 tackles), cornerback Ronald Darby (37 tackles), defensive end Josh Sweat (19 tackles) and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (10 tackles, two sacks). Demarcus Christmas is injured and on the Seattle roster. Linebacker Dekoda Watson was re-signed in mid-December but only played briefly in week 16.

49ers: San Francisco earned the NFC’s No. 1 seed and will host a divisional round game on Jan. 11.

Ravens: Baltimore earned the AFC’s No. 1 seed and will host a divisional round game on Jan. 11.

Chiefs: Kansas City earned the AFC’s No. 2 seed and will host a divisional round game on Jan. 12. Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi had 31 tackles and offensive lineman Cam Erving are on the Chiefs. Erving played 589 snaps and allowed seven tackles and five sacks, according to PFF.

Packers: Green Bay earned the NFC’s No. 2 seed and will host a divisional round game on Jan. 12.

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