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Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) practiced all week and isn't listed on the final injury report. He'll return for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Thielen has had a couple of setbacks with this hamstring, but Minnesota seemed to be very cautious bringing him back this time. We're expecting Thielen to play his usual role this weekend.

Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (ankle) is out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. That leaves Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah behind Dalvin Cook on the depth chart. Mattison's absence could certainly mean a few extra touches for Cook.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is expected back for Sunday's game against the Chargers, "barring a setback in practice this week." Of course, Thielen has had a couple of setbacks with this hammy already, so don't consider him a lock for Week 15 just yet. We'll see how he fares in practice over the next few days.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (chest) came out of Sunday's win over the Lions feeling good. “I’m good. I’m good to go,” Cook said afterward. “I came out healthy — clean, so that’s a positive sign.” Cook handled 14 of 22 backfield touches in the 1st half, garnered 6 more touches in the 3rd quarter and then got the 4th quarter off with the Vikings up by 20. He'll remain a must-start for Week 15 against the Chargers.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Lions. He’s reportedly expected back next week. Olabisi Johnson will again serve as Minnesota’s #2 WR today but isn’t much of a fantasy option. TE Kyle Rudolph is the best bet for targets behind WR Stefon Diggs.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) won't play against the Lions today. Thielen is working to get scar tissue out of that injured hamstring, per Rapoport, but Minnesota is "optimistic" that he'll be back next week. WR Stefon Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph are the 2 best fantasy bets in the Vikings passing game today.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (chest) isn't listed on the final injury report and will play against the Lions this weekend. Cook obviously comes with elevated risk after exiting last week's game early in the 3rd quarter. But he's nearly impossible to bench in fantasy vs. Detroit's 30th-ranked RB defense.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Lions. He won’t play in that one and should be considered iffy for Week 15 after missing practice all week. Thielen’s absence keeps TE Kyle Rudolph in play as a fantasy starter.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer confirmed on Thursday that RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is on track to play against the Lions this weekend and will be "close to 100%." Cook, of course, was knocked out of last week's game near the beginning of the 3rd quarter after aggravating the shoulder injury originally suffered in Week 11. He comes with elevated risk in Week 14 fantasy lineups but is nearly impossible to bench vs. Detroit's 30th-ranked RB defense.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) didn't participate in the team's walkthrough practice on Wednesday. He seemed set to return last week before suffering his 2nd setback with this injury. Fantasy owners should plan on being without Thielen again for Week 14 at this point. We'll see if he's able to practice tomorrow.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been told that he can't make his shoulder injury worse by playing through it. It's a pain tolerance issue, and Cook reiterated that he'll play against the Lions this weekend. There's still elevated risk here, especially in a game Minnesota should control easily. But an active Cook would be impossible to bench in fantasy.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook aggravated an SC joint injury in his right shoulder in Monday night's loss to the Seahawks, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The original injury occurred in the Week 11 game against the Broncos. Minnesota had a Week 12 bye and then listed Cook on this week's injury report with a chest issue. Cook told Pelissero after Monday night's game that his absence in the 2nd half was "precautionary" and that he'll be "good to go" for Week 14's game against the Lions. Former head team Dr. David Chao writes that the injury doesn't require surgery but Cook's "ability to play and be effective will be a matter of pain tolerance." We'll obviously keep a close eye on him throughout this week. RB Alexander Mattison needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues. He'll be an easy fantasy starter if Cook misses more time.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook suffered a right shoulder injury in the 3rd quarter of Monday night's game in Seattle. He appeared to be in serious pain on the field before heading off to the locker room with trainers. He's officially questionable to return. We'll update Cook's status when we learn more. His absence would turn RB Alexander Mattison into a strong fantasy starter.

Vikings S Harrison Smith (hamstring), DT Linval Joseph (knee) and S Anthony Harris (groin) are active for tonight's game against the Seahawks. Each entered the day questionable but is ready if you waited on him for IDP use.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) has been downgraded to out for Monday night's game against the Seahawks. We'll see if he can make it back for Week 14. Thielen's absence means TEs Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith should continue to play big roles in Minnesota's passing game.

Vikings DT Linval Joseph (knee), S Harrison Smith (hamstring) and S Anthony Harris (groin) are questionable for Monday night's game against the Seahawks. Joseph and Smith each progressed to full Saturday workouts and look likely to make it back for the game. Harris spent the full week limited and isn't worth waiting on for IDP lineups.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Seahawks after a limited week of practice. We'll look for an update on his status on Sunday morning. Fantasy owners hoping to use Thielen should roster WR Olabisi Johnson as a backup plan.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) has put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday after reportedly tweaking his injured hamstring on Wednesday. “Everything has gone as planned this week so far,” he said Friday. “Have another good day tomorrow and we’ll go from there.” We’ll get another update on Thielen Saturday afternoon and see how he’s listed for Monday night’s game against the Seahawks.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. ESPN's Courtney Cronin hears that there was a "slight scare" with Thielen's hammy when he practiced on Tuesday. We'll keep an eye on this, but Thielen now seems iffy for Monday night's game against the Seahawks.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) participated in the team's post-bye-week practice on Tuesday. He's tentatively expected back for Monday night's game against the Seahawks, but we'll continue to keep a close eye on him over the next few days.

 
 
 

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