The Vikings spent a 4th-round pick on RB Kene Nwangwu in Round 4 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Nwangwu likely raised his stock with tremendous testing numbers at his pro day. He ran a 4.32-second 40-yard dash at 6 feet, 210 pounds. He added 85th percentile or better measurements in the vertical, broad and 3-cone. Nwangwu totaled just 143 carries and 7 catches across 4 seasons at Iowa State. He did averaged a strong 26.8 yards per kick return for his career. That could be Nwangwu's entry point to significance in Minnesota. He's obviously not going to challenge Dalvin Cook's standing and might not even present much competition to Alexander Mattison. Ameer Abdullah might want to beware, though.
Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (concussion) isn’t listed on the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. He figures to operate as Minnesota’s lead back in a dream matchup vs. Detroit’s 31st-ranked RB defense this weekend.
Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (concussion) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. His status, of course, has taken on increased importance with RB Dalvin Cook out for Week 17. If Mattison can clear protocol, he should operate as Minnesota's lead back in Sunday's dream matchup vs. Detroit's 31st-ranked RB defense.
The Vikings have downgraded RB Alexander Mattison to out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars because of an illness. That elevates Ameer Abdullah to the #2 RB spot for the game -- according to the team's "unofficial" depth chart. That probably doesn't mean a lot of work for Abdullah (or Mike Boone). Perhaps losing Mattison keeps more touches on Dalvin Cook's plate. Ultimately, we wouldn't alter fantasy-lineup plans on this news.
Update: Mattison had an appendicitis and underwent successful surgery, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Mattison might end up missing more than just this week's game.
The Falcons have been cleared to re-open their facility after no positive COVID results from Thursday's round of testing, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. The Atlanta-Minnesota game remains on for Sunday as of now. We'll let you know if that changes.
The Falcons are shutting down their facility after getting back 4 positive COVID tests on Thursday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Atlanta's game against the Vikings this weekend is now in question. Stay tuned.
Update: A source tells Schefter that the Falcons had just 1 positive test, and it wasn't a player. That has us a bit more optimistic that this game will happen this week.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook will not take part in any team-related activities without a new contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. "He's out," a source told Schefter. "Without a reasonable extension, he will not be showing up for camp or beyond." Cook is set to make $1.3 million in 2020, the final year of his rookie deal. He reportedly wants to match or exceed the $13 million per year David Johnson is making. Johnson is currently the 4th-highest-paid RB in the NFL, behind Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott and Le'Veon Bell. We're still more than 3 months from the start of the 2020 campaign, so Cook and the Vikings have plenty of time to come to an agreement. We're not adjusting Cook's baseline projections now -- but we did lower his floor projection on your MVP Board to account for the elevated risk. If Cook does end up sitting out games, Alexander Mattison would likely step in as Minnesota's lead back. RB Mike Boone would also figure to take on a bigger role.
Vikings RBs Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) are inactive for today’s game against the Bears. Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah will again handle backfield duties, but neither is a strong fantasy play with Minnesota expected to rest key starters, including QB Kirk Cousins.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bears. RB Alexander Mattison (ankle) is listed as questionable, but we’d be surprised if he played in this meaningless game. That'll again leave the backfield to Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah.
Vikings QB Kirk Cousins admitted on Thursday that he's not sure how much or even if he'll play against the Bears this weekend. Minnesota is locked in as the NFC's #6 seed after Monday night's loss to the Packers. Cousins and his WRs are shaky Week 17 fantasy plays that we'd try to avoid. We're not expecting RBs Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) to play vs. Chicago.
Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the Packers. With RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) also out, Mike Boone will serve as Minnesota's lead back. He's a RB2 with upside.
ESPN's Adam Schefter expects it to be "the Mike Boone show" in Minnesota's backfield against the Packers on Monday night. "With the Vikings now having wrapped up a playoff slot, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for Minnesota to play injured RB Alexander Mattison," Schefter writes. It sounds like Mattison (ankle) will join Dalvin Cook on the inactive list, leaving Boone as the Vikings' lead back. He's a RB2 with upside in Week 16 fantasy lineups.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) has been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Packers. But RB Alexander Mattison (ankle) is listed as questionable after returning to individual drills on Saturday. That throws a bit of a wrinkle into fantasy owners hoping to use RB Mike Boone this week. We'll continue to look for updates on Mattison's status.
Vikings RBs Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) remained sidelined for Friday's practice. It continues to look like Mike Boone will serve as Minnesota's lead back against the Packers on Monday night. We'll get another update on the situation tomorrow.
Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (ankle) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. He didn't practice at all last week and seems unlikely to play against the Packers on Monday night. With RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) also expected to miss that one, Mike Boone will operate as Minnesota's lead back.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is "unlikely" to play against the Packers on Monday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. RB Alexander Mattison is iffy for that one with his ankle injury, leaving RB Mike Boone as Minnesota's likely starter. Boone carried 13 times for 56 yards and 2 scores in last week's win over the Chargers and averaged an impressive 4.8 yards per carry this preseason. If Mattison is out on Monday night, Boone will be in the RB2 mix.
ESPN's Adam Schefter said during halftime of the Monday night game that he'd "be surprised" if Vikings RB Dalvin Cook plays again this regular season. Cook re-injured his shoulder in Sunday's win over the Chargers. HC Mike Zimmer said Monday, though, that Cook "feels good." Schefter didn't present his words as a report from the team or a source near it, so don't take this as gospel. Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone should be grabbed anywhere they're available this week, though, in case Cook sits out Monday night against the Packers.