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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is expected to play against the Rams tonight but will be on a "pitch count," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's impossible to know exactly how limited Cook will be. And it will probably depend on how he's feeling and performing once the game gets rolling. Consider him a risk/reward RB2 in Week 4 fantasy lineups.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Rams. He was officially limited in practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. Cook is shaping up as a game-time decision, so we'll find out his status around 7 pm ET tonight. If active, he'll carry elevated risk but will be worth getting in most fantasy lineups vs. a Rams defense that's allowed 4.9 yards per carry to RBs through 3 weeks.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) put in a limited practice on Tuesday. Both he and HC Mike Zimmer were non-committal earlier today about his availability for Thursday night's game against the Rams. Check back tomorrow for another update on Cook's status.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said Tuesday that there's a "possibility" RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) plays against the Rams on Thursday night. We'll track his practice participation over the next couple days. If active, Cook will be worth getting back into fantasy lineups against a beatable L.A. run defense.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook said he "definitely" expects to be ready for Thursday night's game against the Rams, according to insider Chris Tomasson. That quick turnaround -- plus an easily winnable game against the Bills -- probably played a part in Minnesota holding Cook out today. We'll keep a close eye on his practice participation early next week.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills after missing practice all week. Perhaps Minnesota is just being cautious in an easily winnable game, but it's clear Cook is dealing with more than what he claimed was just cramping. We'll see about his Week 4 availability. Meanwhile, Latavius Murray figures to get feature-back usage this weekend in a prime spot vs. a Bills defense that's already coughed up 6 RB TDs through 2 games.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. It's officially time to start worrying about his Week 3 status -- especially since Minnesota can handle the Bills without Cook. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow, but owners should start making other plans. Latavius Murray will be a borderline RB1 if Cook is inactive on Sunday.

The Vikings listed RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) as "did not practice" on Wednesday. Minnesota beat writers saw Cook on the field during the open portion of practice, but he evidently didn't participate. We'll see if he's able to do anything on Thursday. Cook is still expected to play against the Bills this weekend.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) practiced on Wednesday. He exited last weekend's game with what he later said was cramping, and the fact that he's on the field early in the week confirms that he's on track to play against the Bills on Sunday. Cook remains a RB1 in that plus matchup.

The Browns have signed K Greg Joseph. He'll presumably be replacing K Zane Gonzalez, who has missed 3 of 5 FGs and 2 of 5 XPs to open the season. Joseph lost the Dolphins' battle to Jason Sanders this summer after converting just 69.5% of his career FG attempts at Florida Atlantic. He's not a fantasy option.

UPDATE: The Browns have released Gonzalez.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero that the hamstring issue that knocked him out of overtime was just cramping. We'll keep an eye on his practice participation this coming week, but Cook should be fine for next Sunday's tasty matchup against the Bills.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook suffered a hamstring injury in overtime against the Packers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We'll see if he returns if the Vikings get the ball back. Obviously, any missed time for Cook would put Latavius Murray squarely in the fantasy-starter conversation.

Update: Cook did not return. We'll await further details.

Lions RB Ameer Abullah is inactive for tonight's opener against the Jets. After a preseason that found him in the 1st-team mix, this indicates that Abdullah's depth-chart standing has not improved despite a new coaching staff. With no special-teams role, we're left wondering why Detroit bothers keeping the now-veteran back on the 53-man roster. His deactivation can only help rookie Kerryon Johnson's touch count.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is in danger of getting cut, according to insider Dave Birkett. That was the thought all offseason, but Abdullah has surprisingly received significant run with the 1st-team offense this preseason. Still, Birkett believes RBs Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick are roster locks, putting Abdullah on the bubble. He's averaged a decent 4.1 yards per carry this preseason and is expected to get lots of playing time in Thursday's finale. It sounds like that'll be an audition to keep his job in Detroit. Abdullah obviously isn't worth a roster spot in redraft leagues.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is healthy enough to go without a knee brace in training camp practices. “I told myself, ‘I know the work I put in. I’m going to test it out before I get back to training camp,’” he told the Pioneer Press. “I felt comfortable with [not wearing] it, so I just went forward and made sure the training staff knows that I’m not going to be wearing it. They are comfortable with it as long as I’m comfortable with it.” This isn't necessarily a next step in his recovery, but it seems a good sign that Cook's repaired knee is in good shape.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) is a "full go" for training camp, according to insider Chris Tomasson. Cook was able to get in some limited work this spring and is now nearly 10 months removed from his torn ACL. Durability remains an issue for a guy with 3 shoulder surgeries, a hamstring injury and a sprained ankle in his medical history. But a healthy Cook is a good bet for RB1 production this season.

Vikings new OC John DeFelippo isn't making major changes to last year's offense under Pat Shurmur. Both DeFelippo and Shurmur run West Coast systems. “The things you keep the same are formations, for example — what you call formations,” DeFilippo explained. “We’re calling the run game pretty much the exact same. If there was a [similar] pass concept that we’re putting in, we called it what they called it last season. Coach Shurmur got taught by Coach [Andy] Reid, and like the purest West Coast guys. I’ve learned from some of the guys on that tree, as well. So from a philosophical standpoint, there’s very similar things." Between the OC switch and the arrival of QB Kirk Cousins, there have been significant changes to a Vikings offense that ranked 11th in yards and 10th in points last year. Some continuity in offensive scheme should help the transition go more smoothly.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said over the weekend that RB Dalvin Cook (knee) will participate in this week's OTAs on a limited basis. Cook is about 7-and-a-half months removed from tearing his left ACL. "He's done really well," Zimmer said. "He's ahead of schedule. We're excited about where he's at." The fact that Cook will do anything in these May workouts is encouraging. He's seemingly on track for training camp -- and to be a full-go come Week 1.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) is on track to be a full-go for training camp, according to head trainer Eric Sugarman. "Dalvin’s knocked the rehab out of the park,” Sugarman said. “He’s done a great job. He’s been here every day since the injury occurred post-surgery. … He’ll participate in (organized team activities and minicamp) on a limited basis. … Then the plan is for him, hopefully when he gets to training camp … he’ll be a participant just like everybody else.” Cook will be nearly 10 months removed from his torn ACL when training camp opens and more than 11 months removed when the regular season kicks off. Barring a setback, he should be ready for lead-back duties come Week 1. Cook was sitting 8th among RBs in PPR points through 3 healthy games last year. From Week 5 on, Minnesota produced a pair of top 15 PPR backs (Jerick McKinnon 10th, Latavius Murray 15th).

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that QB Kirk Cousins expects to sign with the Vikings on Thursday. The agreement will reportedly be a 3-year deal that's fully guaranteed. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Minnesota had offered $28 million per year. Those are giant numbers, but that's the way QB contracts go when the player's shy of 30. Cousins lands in a nice spot for at least 2018, when he'll throw to WRs Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, TE Kyle Rudolph and 2nd-year RB Dalvin Cook. Diggs will be in the final year of his contract, though, and Rudolph could be a cut candidate next offseason. Cousins -- who will turn 30 in August -- finished 5th among fantasy QBs last year despite losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon and missing Jordan Reed for most of the year. He certainly looks like a top-10 fantasy QB for 2018 at the moment. And he should support continued solid value for Diggs, Thielen and Rudolph.


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