Data as of December 8, 2021.
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Rudolph recorded two receptions for 18 yards on four targets Sunday in the Giants' 20-9 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: With two of their top receivers in Kadarius Toney (quadriceps/oblique) and Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) sitting out and with Kenny Golladay (ribs) checking out of the game for a spell, the Giants made frequent use of two-tight end sets Week 13, allowing Rudolph to see a fair amount of work behind the No. 1 option at the position, Evan Engram. Rudolph fell just one target shy of matching a season high, but his production was still rather hollow. He'll need to score a touchdown in most weeks to provide value, and since he's reached the end zone just once in his 11 appearances, he can't be counted on to do that with any regularity.
December 8, 2021 11:47 AM EST
Cook (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Steelers.
Analysis: After sitting out Monday's walkthrough, Cook returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since picking up a dislocated left shoulder Week 12 against the 49ers. He was limited in that session and again received the same listing on Wednesday's practice estimate, giving him a chance to play Week 14. Cook's status will confirmed, one way or another, about 90 minutes before Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. If Cook is unable to suit up, though, Alexander Mattison again would be in line for significant work out of the Vikings backfield, with Kene Nwangwu and fullback C.J. Ham available for any touches that linger.
December 8, 2021 10:57 AM EST
Thielen (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Pittsburgh.
Analysis: As expected, with the game taking place four days after Thielen suffered a high-ankle sprain in the loss to Detroit. His absence leaves K.J. Osborn as the No. 2 receiver and Dede Westbrook as the No. 3, while Thielen's next chance to play will be Week 15 against the Bears on a Monday night (Dec. 20). It isn't yet clear if he has a realistic shot to be healthy by then.
December 8, 2021 10:55 AM EST
Boone rushed four times for 35 yards and caught his only target for 19 yards in Sunday's 22-9 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Boone operated as the Broncos' No. 2 running back in the contest with Melvin Gordon (hip/shoulder) sidelined, though it was rookie Javonte Williams who received the bulk of the carries and targets out of the backfield. Boone showed the burst that he's known for, but Williams stole the show in his first action as a true feature back. With Gordon likely practicing ahead of Week 14 matchup with the Lions, Boone should return to his usual depth role as the third man up on the depth chart.
December 8, 2021 4:26 AM EST
The Vikings listed Cook (shoulder) as a limited participant during Tuesday's practice.
Analysis: While the extent of Cook's activity in practice isn't fully known, the Vikings are listing him as a limited participant for the first time since he suffered a dislocated left shoulder Nov. 28 in the team's Week 12 loss to the 49ers. Shortly after Cook was diagnosed with the injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that he was expected to remain out until the team's Week 15 game against the Bears, but the running back looks as though he may have a chance to make it back for the Vikings' Thursday night matchup with the Steelers. Before the Vikings make a call on his status one way or the other, the team will wait and see if Cook is able to take a step forward in his practice activity Wednesday. Alexander Mattison would be in line for a high-volume role out of the Minnesota backfield for the second straight game if Cook is ultimately ruled out against Pittsburgh.
December 7, 2021 1:32 PM EST