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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.

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.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Vikings TE Irv Smith (groin) is expected to play against the Cowboys today. He was limited in practice all week after missing Monday night's win over the Bears. Between the groin and Kyle Rudolph's continued presence, Smith is just a TE2 for Week 11.

Vikings TE Irv Smith (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys after a limited week of practice. That’s a 4:25 pm ET kickoff, so we’ll look for an update on Smith on Sunday morning. His absence would turn TE Kyle Rudolph into a viable Week 11 streamer.

Vikings TE Irv Smith (groin) was limited in Wednesday's practice. His availability for this weekend's game vs. the Cowboys remains uncertain after he missed Monday night's win over the Bears.

The Vikings have ruled TE Irv Smith out for Monday night's game against the Bears with a groin injury. That clears the way for Kyle Rudolph to start against a defense that has been tough on every position but TE. Rudolph can be a solid TE2-level option for needy fantasy lineups.

Vikings TE Irv Smith (groin) missed practice on Thursday and Friday. OC Gary Kubiak said Friday that Smith is “trending in the right direction” for Monday night’s game vs. the Bears. We’ll see if he’s able to practice on Saturday and how he’s listed on the final injury report.

11:11am EST 11/1/20

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) is active for today’s game against the Packers. He’s expected to play his usual workhorse role and is a must-start in fantasy.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) is expected to play against the Packers today. Cook practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday. And OC Gary Kubiak said that he doesn't expect to have Cook on a "pitch count." He's a must-start today.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He practiced all week, though, including a full workout on Friday. All signs point to Cook returning for this one; OC Gary Kubiak even said Thursday that he doesn’t expect Cook to be on a “pitch count.” We’ll get his official game status by noon ET on Sunday.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) has been limited in practice so far this week. But OC Gary Kubiak said Thursday that Cook's performance has indicated that he won't need to be on a "pitch count" vs. the Packers this weekend. So it's all systems go for Cook against the league's 29th-ranked RB defense.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) will practice on Wednesday and is on track to return for this weekend's game against the Packers, per HC Mike Zimmer. "Yeah, I assume he'll be ready. We haven't practiced yet today, but today will be a good test for us," Zimmer said. We'll monitor Cook's status throughout the week, but he'll be a must-start if he's active on Sunday. The Packers rank 29th in adjusted fantasy points allowed to RBs.

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 CB Holton Hill (foot) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons. We'll see whether Hill returns to the starting lineup once he's healthy again.

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.

 
 
 

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