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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.

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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) isn't listed on the final injury report. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. That all points to Cook being ready to handle a full workload. It's possible that Minnesota mixes RB Alexander Mattison in a bit more than they were before, but Cook is back to easy RB1 status.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice for the 1st time since hurting that ankle in Week 2. He's on track to return for Sunday's game vs. the Panthers -- and it looks like he's ready to resume lead-back duties. We'll see if Minnesota mixes in RB Alexander Mattison more than before, but Cook should be considered a RB1 for Week 6.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. He didn't practice at all last Wednesday, so you could consider this a step in the right direction. Cook's availability for this weekend's game vs. the Panthers remains uncertain. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

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11:33am EDT 10/10/21

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) is INACTIVE for today’s game against the Lions. It’s a smart move by Minnesota to sit him. Cook’s absence turns Alexander Mattison into a RB1. He racked up 171 yards on 32 touches when Cook was inactive in Week 3.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) remains a game-time decision for today's tilt with the Lions. "If Cook plays, it’s no sure thing he will get his usual workload and, either way, it also shapes up as an active day for Vikings’ RB Alexander Mattison," ESPN's Adam Schefter tweets. We'll get Cook's game status around 11:30 am ET. But he'll be more of a risk/reward RB2 if active. Consider Mattison a RB3 if Cook is active and a RB1 if Cook is out.

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