Dalvin Cook will be able to play against Steelers, he recovered from the shoulder faster than estimated

Cook has trained lightly on Tuesday and Wednesday and seems ready to take plays with Vikings.

Minnesota Vikings star running back Dalvin Cook will play the Pittsburgh Steelers barring a pregame setback Thursday night, just 11 days after dislocating his left shoulder, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Initially, it was expected that Cook missed at least two games, depending on ESPN and various media outlets, after injuring his shoulder last month against the 49ers.

But a source told Dianna Russini from ESPN The Vikings were optimistic Thursday morning about Cook’s chances of playing Pittsburgh, and Cook has undergone a series of medical tests on his shoulder, according to Fowler.

The return of Cook Thursday would mark a surprisingly quick recovery after the two-time Pro Bowler was pulled off the field in Minnesota’s loss to San Francisco on Nov. 28 after limited training on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A healthy Cook seems like a key contribution to offense for the VikingsInjury-plagued four of their last six games, including Sunday’s final-second loss to the season-winless Lions, are in danger of being missed out of the postseason.

The 26-year-old Cook has rushed for 773 yards and four touchdowns in nine games this season and also has 27 receptions. He is the NFL’s seventh-leading running back despite missing three games this season and is fourth in the league in average rushing yards per game at 85.9.

The Vikings (5-7) have already ruled out wide receiver Adam Thielen (ankle) and rookie offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw (ankle) for Thursday night’s home game against the Steelers.