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The Vikings have ruled LB Eric Kendricks (calf) out for Sunday's game against the Bears. It'll be his 3rd straight missed game. Todd Davis has seen full playing time in Kendricks' place each of the past 2 weeks. He's just OK on tackle upside.

Vikings TE Irv Smith (back) is expected to play against the Bucs today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. But the back injury "could limit some of his play time," Schefter adds. Even with TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) expected to be out, Smith is just a TE2 at less than 100%.

Lions DE Everson Griffen has tested positive for COVID-19. Detroit placed him on the COVID list Saturday, meaning he'll miss at least Sunday's game against the Packers. There's no Lions D-lineman worth using in Griffen's place if you planned to have him in your IDP lineup. The Green Bay matchup set up poorly for him, anyway.

The Vikings have ruled LB Eric Kendricks (calf) out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. That leaves Todd Davis to start in his place and factor into the LB3 picture.

Vikings TEs Irv Smith (back) and Kyle Rudolph (foot) were sidelined on Wednesday. Smith has missed the past 2 games with his back injury and seems unlikely to play against the Bucs this weekend. Rudolph's status is uncertain with this foot issue. We'll see if he's able to get back on the field tomorrow.

Vikings LB Eric Kendricks sustained a calf injury during pregame warm-ups for Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Kendricks was on the active roster but didn't play a snap. We'll see about his status heading into Week 14. Todd Davis started in Kendricks' place, played every snap and tallied 11 tackles (3 solo).

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.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) isn't listed on the final Week 13 injury report. He was limited in practice this week, and there's a chance Minnesota scales back his workload a bit in Sunday's game against the Jaguars. That might be a reason to not pay up for him in DFS, but Cook remains an obvious must-start in season-long fantasy leagues.

Vikings TE Irv Smith (back) is out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. That keeps Kyle Rudolph safely inside TE1 territory in our Week 13 rankings. He's seen 5 and 8 targets in 2 games without Smith this season, scoring double-digit PPR points in both. He gets Jacksonville's 18th-ranked TE defense this weekend.

Vikings TE Irv Smith (back) did not practice on Wednesday. The groin issue is off the injury report, but the back has Smith looking iffy for this weekend's game against the Jaguars. His absence would make Kyle Rudolph a nice TE1 play again.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen has been activated from the COVID list. He'll return for Sunday's plus matchup vs. the Jaguars and should be back in fantasy lineups.

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6:12am EST 12/2/20

Vikings OC Gary Kubiak admitted Tuesday that RB Dalvin Cook is "beat up" right now. "He’s been hit pretty hard the last couple of weeks taking some poundings," Kubiak added. "It’s at that point of the season so we’ve got to get him freshened up this week and get him back to being himself." Cook briefly exited last week's game with an ankle injury but was able to return. We're not aware of any other specific injuries, although we're sure he's feeling it after averaged 25.4 carries and 3.4 catches per game over the last 5 weeks. We'll keep an eye on Cook this week, but expect him to get another 20+ touches vs. the Jaguars on Sunday.

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11:11am EST 11/29/20

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (COVID) is officially out for today’s game against the Panthers. WR Olabisi Johnson figures to replace him in the starting lineup -- but rookie WR Justin Jefferson should dominate targets.

Vikings TE Irv Smith (groin) has been downgraded to out for today’s game against the Panthers. That turns TE Kyle Rudolph into a nice Week 12 spot starter.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (COVID) is not expected to play against the Panthers on Sunday, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Thielen reportedly returned a positive and negative test earlier this week but remains on the COVID list. His absence would move Olabisi Johnson into the starting lineup -- but rookie WR Justin Jefferson should dominate targets. TE Kyle Rudolph also gets a nice boost with both Thielen and TE Irv Smith expected to sit.

Vikings TE Irv Smith (groin) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Assuming he ends up inactive, TE Kyle Rudolph will be a viable Week 12 play. When Smith missed Week 10 vs. the Bears, Rudolph ran a pass route on 79% of QB Kirk Cousins’ drop backs and posted a 4-63 line on 5 targets.

After being limited on Wednesday, Vikings TE Irv Smith (groin) did not practice on Thursday. We'll see if he suffered a setback or just got the day off. We should have a better idea of his status tomorrow. Kyle Rudolph would turn into a viable spot starter vs. Carolina if Smith is out.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen had both positive and negative COVID tests recently, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Thielen is on the COVID list, but "the NFL and its medical experts are continuing to sort through that situation to determine his availability" for Sunday's game vs. the Panthers. We'll continue to keep a close eye on this situation.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen has been placed on the COVID list. It's still unclear whether he tested positive for the virus or just came in contact with someone who did. If it's the latter, he'll have a chance to get cleared in time for Sunday's game vs. the Panthers.

Buffalo
2:11pm EST 11/22/20

Vikings TE Irv Smith (groin) is active for today’s game against the Cowboys. He was limited in practice all week and might still not be at 100% in this one.

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