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The Vikings have fired HC Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman, NFL Network reports. It ends an 8-year run for Zimmer and a 16-year run for Spielman in Minnesota. Zimmer's tenure brought just 3 seasons of double-digit wins and 2 playoff victories. We'll see who the Vikings hire to run the show going forward.

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has been activated from the COVID list. He's expected to start Sunday's finale vs. the Bears, despite Minnesota having nothing to play for. Cousins isn't an exciting fantasy option, but his return is excellent news for WR Justin Jefferson and the rest of the Vikings' skill-position players.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been activated from the COVID list. He'll be back for Sunday night's game vs. the Packers -- and should be back in fantasy lineups.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said Monday that he's "hopeful" to get RB Dalvin Cook back for Sunday night's game vs. the Packers. Cook is eligible to be activated from the COVID list on Saturday, so there won't be any surefire news on his Week 17 status until then. If Cook manages to play vs. Green Bay, he'd do so without a single practice rep this week. But we'd still expect to see him in a high-volume role.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been placed on the COVID list. That very likely knocks him out of Sunday's game vs. the Rams and means another start for RB Alexander Mattison, who just came off the COVID list on Wednesday. As we've seen both this season and last, Mattison is a high-end RB1 whenever Cook is out.

Vikings RB Alexander Mattison has been activated from the COVID list. He'll be back to give RB Dalvin Cook a few breathers in Sunday's game vs. the Rams.

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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is officially active for tonight's game vs. the Steelers. It's a much quicker return than expected after he dislocated and torn the labrum in his left shoulder 11 days ago. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Cook is expected to play with a harness on the injured shoulder tonight, which figures to impact his pass-catching ability. And he's still at risk of re-injury. But Schefter also said that Cook is expected to get his "regular workload." That makes him tough to bench in fantasy -- although he certainly comes with elevated risk.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports not only that Vikings RB Dalvin Cook will play tonight, but also that "expectations are that Cook maintains his regular workload." Cook will play with a harness on his injured shoulder. Schefter points out that Cook also wore one in the Wild Card win at New Orleans nearly 2 years ago, a game in which Cook racked up 31 touches for 130 yards and 2 TDs. There's bound to be some risk to Cook tonight, but it sounds like you need to play him in your Week 14 lineups. Alexander Mattison becomes no more than an RB3 -- albeit with some upside if something goes wrong with Cook or the workload simply shakes out differently.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) has been cleared to play vs. the Steelers tonight, barring a pregame setback, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports. We'll look for hints on how big a role Cook will play tonight, but he carries obvious re-injury risk. Check out our current projections for Minnesota's backfield.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is "trending towards playing" vs. the Steelers tonight, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Cook dislocated his left shoulder and tore the labrum just 11 days ago. He still needs full medical clearance, per Pelissero, and would use a harness or some other form of added protection if he does play tonight. Cook would obviously carry elevated risk in fantasy lineups. But, if he's active, he'd be the preferred fantasy play over RB Alexander Mattison. We'll continue to look for updates on the situation.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game vs. the Steelers. He put in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. Week 15 was believed to be the best-case scenario for Cook's return from his torn labrum, so we'd be surprised if he ended up playing in this one. But we'll find out for sure when Minnesota's inactives are released around 7 pm ET tomorrow.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday's practice. It's unclear exactly how much he did, and we'd still be shocked if he played vs. the Steelers on Thursday night. But this at least has him trending toward a Week 15 return.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Lions. It sounds like a Week 15 return is his best-case scenario. RB Alexander Mattison is a good bet for 20+ touches against Detroit’s 29th-ranked RB defense, making him an elite fantasy play.

The MRI on Vikings RB Dalvin Cook's left shoulder revealed a torn labrum, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's not a season-ending injury. "The hope is this is like 2019, when the team rests Cook a few games to have him healthy for a playoff run," Rapoport adds. Cook missed 2 games with that shoulder injury, which is what former NFL head team Dr. David Chao expects him to miss this time around. That'd put Cook back on the field for Week 15, giving starts to RB Alexander Mattison the next 2 weeks vs. the Lions and Steelers.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been playing through a torn labrum in his right shoulder, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It was the left shoulder that Cook dislocated in the Week 12 loss to the 49ers. Cook has a long history of shoulder problems dating back to his Florida State days. We should learn more about the right shoulder injury and how long Cook will be sidelined later today.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook dislocated his left shoulder in Sunday's loss to the 49ers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Cook is set for an MRI on Monday to determine how much damage was caused by the dislocation. We should learn more about his status on Monday.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook suffered a shoulder injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game vs. the 49ers. He was in obvious pain, was carted back to the locker room and quickly ruled out. We'll update Cook's status when we know more, but this clearly looks like a potentially serious injury. Alexander Mattison will be a RB1 for however long Cook is out.

The NFL confirmed on Wednesday that Vikings RB Dalvin Cook remains eligible to play against the Vikings on Sunday, despite the assault allegations levied against him by his ex-girlfriend. There have been no criminal charges filed against Cook, though. “The NFL is reviewing the matter under the personal conduct policy, and there is no change to his status," the league said in a statement. HC Mike Zimmer said that Cook will practice on Wednesday. This is a developing situation. But, as of now, Cook seems on track to play this weekend.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been accused of assault by an ex-girlfriend. Gracelyn Trimble alleges that Cook caused a concussion and facial injuries during a disagreement last November. Cook's representatives claim that Trimble was the aggressor, breaking into Cook's house, assaulting him and now extorting him for millions of dollars. But Trimble has messages from Cook about the incident, including him saying, "I know what I did can't be rewind...If you wanna go to the police I'll respect that I'll take my punishment for what I did!" Both the NFL and Vikings declined comment on Tuesday night. We'll see where this goes. RB Alexander Mattison needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues as a RB1 if Cook misses time.

Ravens DT Brandon Williams (shoulder) is inactive for today's game against the Vikings. A key piece in run defense, Williams' absence boosts the matchup for Vikings RB Dalvin Cook.

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