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Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook

Running Back #33
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 210 lb.
College:Florida State
Born:August 10, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 2 (41)
Draft Team:MIN

Dalvin Cook: Mitigates inefficiency with score

Cook carried the ball 18 times for 62 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 14 win over the Lions. He also added two receptions for 13 yards.

Analysis: For the third consecutive game, Cook failed to record a run of greater than nine yards. However, he ultimately came through with a decent statistical performance due to a three-yard touchdown run just prior to halftime. Though there was some concern over the Cook's health throughout the week, his 20 total touches suggest that he was feeling good enough to remain a focal point of the team's gameplan. Unless there is a setback, that should remain the case for Week 15 against the Chargers.

December 8, 2019 1:54 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Cleared to play

Cook (chest) isn't listed on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Lions, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Cook never returned after his early exit from Monday's 37-30 loss to Seattle, but the Vikings maintained all along that he'd be fine for Week 14. Coach Mike Zimmer didn't sound concerned when he spoke to the media after Friday's practice, noting that the chest injury won't impact Cook's ability to grip the football, per Chad Graff of The Athletic. Even so, it isn't out of the question for Alexander Mattison to see a bit more work than usual, especially if the Vikings are nursing a large lead.

December 6, 2019 10:48 AM EST

Dalvin Cook: Logs limited practice

Cook (chest) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: The Vikings capped Cook's reps for a second straight day, but the running back remained optimistic about his chances of playing Sunday against the Lions, per Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Even if Cook ultimately gains clearance to suit up this weekend, the Vikings could choose to act conservatively with his workload, given his injury history along with the fact that Minnesota is a double-digit favorite in Week 14 while hosting a 3-8-1 Lions squad that's down to its third-string quarterback in David Blough.

December 5, 2019 12:17 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Limited to start week

Cook was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a chest injury.

Analysis: Cook was forced out of Monday's loss to the Seahawks in the third quarter due to what was initially described as a right shoulder injury, but has now been designated as a chest issue. The star running back said Wednesday that he's confident he'll suit up for Sunday's divisional tilt against the Lions, according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and he noted that his ability to play through the injury will come down to pain tolerance. Early optimism surrounding Cook's situation is encouraging, but if he were ultimately limited or forced to miss any time, rookie third-round pick Alexander Mattison would stand to play an expanded role in the Vikings' backfield.

December 4, 2019 1:49 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Expects to play Sunday

Cook, who was forced out of Monday's 37-30 loss to the Seahawks with what is being described as a right shoulder injury, plans to play in Week 14, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "I'll definitely be ready to go Sunday," Cook said of this weekend's home game against the Lions.

Analysis: Supporting that notion is that Cook indicated he could have returned to Monday's game, but was held out for "precautionary'" reasons, while Alexander Mattison filled in as the team's lead back. Despite Cook downplaying his injury, there's a decent chance it will impact his practice participation in advance of Sunday's contest.

December 3, 2019 6:20 AM EST

Dalvin Cook: Downplays chest injury

Cook, who left Monday's loss to Seattle after taking a hit in the third quarter and did not return, said he got hit on the chest injury he sustained against the Broncos and sat out for precautionary reasons, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Cook added he'd be ready to play next week.

Analysis: Alexander Mattison took over at running back and ended with four carries for 22 yards. Cook had nine carries for 29 yards and a touchdown before departing. He also added three receptions for 35 yards. While Cook is optimistic about his injury, check to see how he fares in practice this week.

December 2, 2019 9:17 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Injury not considered serious

In his postgame presss conference, coach Mike Zimmer stated the shoulder injury that forced Cooks from Monday's 37-30 loss to the Seahawks is not serious, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Cook finished the game with nine carries for 29 yards and a touchdown and three receptions (on four targets) for 35 additional yards. The third-year back will have a short week to fully recover for a Week 14 divisional battle against the Lions next Sunday.

December 2, 2019 9:14 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Headed to locker room

Cook is headed to the locker room with a shoulder injury and is questionable to return to Monday's contest against the Seahawks, Ben Goessling of The Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Cook went straight back to the locker room after suffering a shoulder injury, as the play resulted in a fumble recovered by the Seahawks. Look for more updates to come as they are made available. In the meantime, it will be Alexander Mattison taking over as the top back with Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone also active.

December 2, 2019 7:18 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Practices in full

Cook (chest) was a full participant at Friday's practice.

Analysis: With confirmation that his chest injury isn't serious, Cook should be fine to handle his usual workload Monday night in Seattle. He's scored a touchdown in nine of 11 games this season, while the other two yielded 218 and 116 total yards.

November 29, 2019 2:23 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Fine to practice

Cook (chest) is practicing Friday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Cook was listed as a limited participant on the estimated injury report Thursday, though the Vikings didn't actually hold a practice. There doesn't seem to be much concern about the chest ailment impacting his availability for Monday's game in Seattle.

November 29, 2019 9:30 AM EST

Dalvin Cook: Dealing with chest injury

Cook was listed as limited on Thursday's practice report due to a chest injury.

Analysis: After racking up at least 100 yards from scrimmage eight times in the first 10 games of the season, Cook sputtered in the Vikings' last contest Week 11 with 57 total yards, his second-lowest mark of the season. The team's ensuing bye week meant the running back wouldn't be listed on an injury report again until Thursday, at which point he was estimated as a limited participant. He'll have two more practices to prove his health ahead of Monday's game at Seattle.

November 28, 2019 12:18 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Breaks through top cap comeback

Cook ran for 26 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and added five catches for 31 yards during Sunday's 27-23 win over Denver.

Analysis: Cook wasn't getting much of anything against the Denver front in the first half and didn't do much better in the second half, though the Vikings were more successful getting him the ball in the screen game and he did find the end zone on a three-yard zone run early in the fourth quarter. Sunday was Cook's second smallest yardage total of the season and only the third time in 11 games in which he was held to under 100 total yards. He has scored in all three of those games and remains arguably the most dependable back in the league. After the bye, Cook and the Vikings will visit Seattle's middle-of-the-pack run defense.

November 17, 2019 2:10 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Finds end zone in tough matchup

Cook rushed 16 times for 41 yards and a touchdown and secured both of his targets for 13 yards in the Vikings' 38-20 win over the Eagles on Sunday.

Analysis: Cook was stymied by Philadelphia's virtually impenetrable defensive front to the tune of 2.6 yards per rush, but he still found his way into the end zone for the sixth time this season on a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He's actually averaged under 3.0 yards per carry in two of his last three games, the byproduct of running into two of the stingiest run defenses in the NFL in the Bears and Eagles. That said, he's been spectacular overall and remains an elite play in all formats heading into a Week 7 divisional showdown versus the Lions.

October 13, 2019 2:18 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Totals 218 scrimmage yards

Cook carried 21 times for 132 yards and caught six passes for an additional 86 yarsd during Sunday's 28-10 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Cook gashed the Giants on the ground, averaging 6.3 yards per carry and tying his season high with 21 totes. He also finished second on the team in targets and catches while setting a new personal best in receiving yardage. Cook has now gone over 110 rushing yards in four of five games this season and continues to excel as a receiver out of the backfield. He'll face a tough matchup next Sunday against the Eagles, but he should still be a worthy fantasy play because of his multi-faceted skillset.

October 6, 2019 1:25 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Finds end zone in Chicago

Cook carried the ball 14 times for 35 yards and a touchdown and added six catches on eight targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 16-6 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: The eight targets led the team, but the TD didn't come until late in the fourth quarter as the Vikings attempted a comeback -- until then, the Bears defense did a good job stifling Cook and shutting down Minnesota's offensive engine. The third-year back has scored in every game so far this season, and he'll have a good chance to extend that streak in Week 5 against the Giants.

September 29, 2019 5:00 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Another monstrous output in Week 3

Cook ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while adding four receptions for 33 yards during Sunday's 34-14 win against the Raiders.

Analysis: The third-year back is off to an absolutely electrifying start to the 2019 campaign, averaging 151.3 scrimmage yards per game with four total touchdowns through three weeks of play. Cook has re-established his explosive playing style since recovering from ACL and hamstring injuries that have dulled his production over the past two seasons, leading the NFL in 20-plus yard carries entering Week 3, and picking up five or more yards on nine of his 16 rushes against the Raiders on Sunday. In his upcoming Week 4 matchup, Cook will face a Bears defense that is yet to concede a rushing touchdown this season.

September 22, 2019 1:31 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Totals 191 scrimmage yards

Cook carried 20 times for 154 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Packers. He also caught three passes for an additional 37 yards.

Analysis: Cook provided one of the highlights of the day when he burst up the middle and cut outside for a 75-yard touchdown run. He finished averaging 7.7 yards per carry and supplemented that production with an impactful performance as a pass-catcher. Cook has been extremely productive through the first two weeks of the season, piling up 311 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns on 46 touches. He has been a true workhorse for the Vikings and fantasy owners alike, with next Sunday's home matchup against the Raiders presenting him with another opportunity to impress.

September 15, 2019 3:17 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Impressive in season opener

Cook carried the ball 21 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 against Atlanta. He also added two receptions for nine yards.

Analysis: Cook capped off a busy performance with rushing touchdowns of 19 and seven yards. The Vikings jumped out to a quick lead -- they led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and 21-0 at halftime -- which afforded Cook 23 total touches even given that his day ended halfway through the final quarter. It was certainly an encouraging start to the season for Cook, as he is the clear leader of the backfield for a team that won't hesitate to pound the ball on the ground. He'll look to keep both his volume and efficiency intact going forward in Week 2 at Green Bay.

September 8, 2019 2:15 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Breaks off huge touchdown

Cook carried the ball twice but gained 88 yards and found the end zone in the team's third preseason game against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Cook only appeared on the team's first two offensive drives, but made a statement nonetheless. After having a four-yard rush negated by penalty to open the second series, Cook took another handoff and cut back through a large hole before outpacing the Cardinals' secondary for an 85-yard score. While it shouldn't be expected that Cook will see much more action prior to the regular season, he proved plenty explosive in his brief appearance.

August 24, 2019 4:42 PM EST

Dalvin Cook: Warming up prior to game

Cook is warming up prior to Saturday's preseason contest against the Cardinals, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Vikings listed a number of players not expected to play Saturday and the third-year tailback wasn't one of them, so it seems likely Cook will get at least some playing time Saturday. How much remains to be seen, and it's possible the 2017 first-round pick could be removed earlier than the rest of his first-string teammates, who are expected to play at least a quarter during the preseason affair.

August 24, 2019 9:45 AM EST

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