NFL Network's Tom Pelissero hears that Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) is expected back for Week 8, following Minnesota's bye next week. Pelissero adds that it's "not a major injury" and that the team just wants to get Cook back to 100%. We'll track his practice participation when the Vikings return from their bye.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. He reportedly has a shot to be back after Minnesota’s Week 7 bye. RB Alexander Mattison out-carried RB Mike Boone 17 to 2 after Cook exited last week’s game and should play a workhorse role on Sunday.
The Athletic's Chad Graff hears that Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) is not expected to play against the Falcons this weekend. Minnesota has a Week 7 bye and "then will re-evaluate if Cook is ready to return after that." That makes it sound like Cook isn't a lock to play Week 8. You should definitely plan on being without him this weekend. RB Alexander Mattison should operate as the Vikings' feature back in a juicy matchup vs. Atlanta.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said the MRI on RB Dalvin Cook's groin "went pretty well." Zimmer added that they'll "see how he does this week" before deciding on his status for Sunday's game against the Falcons. It's worth noting that Minnesota has a Week 7 bye, so they could get Cook 2 full weeks of rest if they hold him out this week. Backup RB Alexander Mattison should be rostered in all fantasy leagues.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook left Sunday night's game at Seattle early in the 3rd quarter with an apparent groin injury. Cook sustained the injury on a reception, went straight to the sideline and then moved quickly on to the locker room. We'll await updates on his status. Alexander Mattison takes over the backfield in Cook's place.
Update: Cook is officially questionable to return.
Further update: Cook returned midway through the 3rd quarter.
The Vikings and RB Dalvin Cook have agreed to a 5-year, $63 million extension, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. The deal comes in short of the one signed by Saints RB Alvin Kamara -- but Cook is still now the 6th highest-paid RB in average annual salary. He should remain the focal point of Minnesota's offense in 2020.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook reported to training camp on Tuesday. This was the most likely scenario all along because the new CBA makes it very costly to hold out of training camp. Cook is still looking for a new contract, so we'll see if there are any further issues down the road. But for now, he's worth picking in the middle of the 1st round of fantasy drafts.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook told his position coach that he'll report for the start of training camp, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Cook's agent has since denied that report. "Dalvin has never mentioned to him anything in regards to reporting to camp," Zac Hiller said. "I’m not sure where the miscommunication is. I hope Dalvin plays a major role in the Vikings future success.” Cook is looking for a new contract and started his holdout back in June. The new CBA makes it costly for players to sit out training camp, though. We'll have a better idea of Cook's intentions when Vikings camp officially opens on Tuesday.
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.
The Associated Press reports that the Vikings will name Gary Kubiak their new OC. Kubiak spent 2019 on the Minnesota staff as an offensive adviser and assistant to HC Mike Zimmer. The move gives Minnesota continuity from the scheme that helped usher in RB Dalvin Cook's 2019 breakout while deploying 1 of the league's most run-heavy approaches. We'd expect plenty more running under an OC who has historically liked his RBs. QB Kirk Cousins, meanwhile, finished 2019 low in QB2 territory, reaching 2 TD passes in just 7 of 15 games. Expect him to remain in QB2 territory in our 2020 fantasy football rankings, and approach Cousins as a platoon option in the double-digit rounds of early best-ball drafting. He and Minnesota's WRs do, at least, present a nice week-to-week ceiling.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday. It's confirmation that he'll be back -- likely in a workhorse role -- for this weekend's Wild Card game vs. the Saints.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) said Wednesday that he'll be at "full strength" for this weekend's Wild Card game against the Saints. Cook missed the final 2 regular-season games after suffering his 2nd shoulder injury of the season and might be at risk of aggravating those injuries. But he'll also be riding fresher legs after the time off.
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.
ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports that the Vikings are "leaning heavily" toward resting the "bulk" of their starters in Sunday's game against the Bears. Minnesota is locked into the NFC's #6 seed. Cronin mentions QB Kirk Cousins as 1 starter who isn't expected to play. RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is almost certain to be inactive. And we'd bank on WRs Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen getting the day off, too. QB Sean Mannion will get the start for the Vikings, making this an offense to try to avoid in Week 17 fantasy lineups. The Bears DST is a strong play.
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