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Vikings report: Dalvin Tomlinson limited in walkthrough, could return against Patriots

Tomlinson has missed the past three games due to a right calf injury, and hasn’t taken part in any practices or walkthroughs since being hurt Oct. 30 against Arizona.

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson during the NFL International Series game Oct. 2, 2022, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson during the NFL International Series game Oct. 2, 2022, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
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EAGAN, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson was listed as a limited participant in a walkthrough Monday, increasing the chances he could play Thursday night against New England at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Tomlinson has missed the past three games due to a right calf injury, and hasn’t taken part in any practices or walkthroughs since being hurt Oct. 30 against Arizona. The Vikings are scheduled to have a practice on Tuesday.

Listed as not participating Monday were left tackle Christian Darrisaw (concussion) and cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (knee). The Vikings already have ruled Darrisaw out for the game against the Patriots.

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Dalvin Tomlinson
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Also listed as limited participants were cornerback Akayleb Evans (concussion) and edge rusher Za’Darius Smith (knee). Evans was hurt Nov. 13 at Buffalo and sat out Sunday’s 40-3 home loss to Dallas.

Whitley back to practice squad

The Vikings on Monday signed outside linebacker Benton Whitley to the practice squad after having waived him on Saturday.

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Whitley cleared waivers Monday. He takes the spot on the practice squad of tight end Nick Muse, who was signed to the 53-man roster on Saturday. Whitley was then let go to make room for Muse.

Whitley, an undrafted rookie from Holy Cross, was plucked Oct. 19 off Kansas City’s practice squad. He was on Minnesota’s 53-man roster for three games, but was inactive for them all.

Maher’s record boot

On the final play of the first half Sunday, Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher made a 60-yard field goal, the longest in the seven-year history of U.S Bank Stadium. Actually, he made it twice.

With five seconds left in the half, Maher made the kick to apparently put Dallas up 23-3. But the officials ruled it didn’t count because there would be a booth replay of a diving CeeDee Lamb reception out of bounds for 27 yards to the Minnesota 42 on the previous play.

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The catch was upheld, so Maher got another chance from 60 yards out. He drilled it with more ease than his previous kick.

“I thought Brett stroked the ball. I thought he had an excellent day,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said of Maher, who also made field goals of 27, 50 and 53 yards.

Maher’s 60-yarder also tied for the third-longest field goal ever against Minnesota. Wil Lutz of New Orleans made a 60-yarder last month in London. Longer ones have been Matt Prater from 62 yards last year at Arizona and Greg Zuerlein of the St. Louis Rams from 61 in 2015 at then-named TCF Bank Stadium.

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Asked if the Vikings had a hangover from the emotional win over Buffalo, head coach Kevin O’Connell said, “I don’t know. I just know we had a good week of preparation.” Linebacker Jordan Hicks denied there was a hangover, saying, “No excuse there.’’ … Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson entered Sunday needing 88 yards to break the record of Minnesota hall of famer Randy Moss for most yards receiving in a player’s first three NFL seasons of 4,163. Jefferson had just three catches for 33 yards to give him 4,109 career yards. … Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse, who played for Minnesota from 2016-19, did a mock Skol chant after sacking Cousins in the third quarter. Kearse said he had thought of doing that as the game went on if he made a big play. He said Sunday marked the “quietest” he’d ever heard at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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