Dalvin Cook

Minnesota Vikings
Running Back #33
Minnesota Vikings
Running Back #33
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Dalvin Cook News

Listed as non-participant Wednesday

Cook (shoulder) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated injury.

Analysis: Considering he's tending to a torn labrum in relation to a dislocated left shoulder, it's no surprise Cook wouldn't have been on the field if the Vikings held an actual practice. There's an expectation that the injury will force him to miss the next two games, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, but coach Mike Zimmer offered a softer tone Monday, calling the running back day-to-day, per Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site. Despite Zimmer's lack of comments regarding Cook in the meantime, the running back appears as if he'll be ruled out for game action by week's end. Assuming Cook doesn't play Sunday in Detroit, Alexander Mattison will be the primary runner out of Minnesota's backfield, with rookie Kene Nwangwu available for complementary work.

Dec 1, 2021 1:24 PM EST

In line to miss two games

Cook (shoulder) is expected to sit out the Vikings' next two games with the aim to return Monday, Dec. 20 at Chicago, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This isn't official by any means, especially considering coach Mike Zimmer termed Cook "day-to-day" earlier Monday, per Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site. But Cook is dealing with a torn labrum as a result of the dislocated left shoulder he sustained during Sunday's loss at San Francisco. Overall, the injury isn't season ending, but he appears to be trending toward absences in Week 13 at Detroit and Week 14 against the Steelers. As long as Cook is sidelined, Alexander Mattison will lead the Vikings backfield, with Kene Nwangwu on hand for complementary work.

Nov 29, 2021 6:09 PM EST

Day-to-day, per Zimmer

Coach Mike Zimmer indicated Monday that Cook is viewed as "day-to-day" with a shoulder injury, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports. "We'll just see how Dalvin is doing," Zimmer noted of the running back's Week 13 status. "It will be day-to-day and see where it goes."

Analysis: While Zimmer declined to reveal the exact nature of Cook's shoulder issue, he did refute a report that the running back suffered a torn labrum Sunday, per Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. That said, Cook's status for this weekend's game against the Lions remains cloudy and if he's unable to play, Alexander Mattison would be in line to fill in as the Vikings' top back for any length of time Cook is sidelined.

Nov 29, 2021 3:15 PM EST

Tears labrum, season not over

Cook suffered a torn labrum and dislocated shoulder during Sunday's loss to the 49ers, but the injury is not expected to be season-ending, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Cook underwent an MRI on Monday to disclose the severity of his injury, after having been carted off the field during Sunday's loss to the 49ers. The star running back previously sustained a labrum tear in his left shoulder, the side which has also given him a history of dislocation issues. Back in 2019 after suffering a similar injury, Cook initially tried to play through the pain for two games before ultimately being rested for another two contests, and then returning to action in dominant form for a playoff tilt against the Saints. This time around, the Vikings may simply opt to rest Cook from the get-go and ensure his recovery. That would provide Alexander Mattison with another opportunity to show what he can do in the starting role.

Nov 29, 2021 9:38 AM EST

May have torn labrum

Cook already has a torn labrum in his right shoulder and may now have a similar injury to the left shoulder, pending the results of an MRI on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Cook has a history of trouble with his left shoulder and has even played through dislocations at times, but he wasn't able to pop it back into place and continue playing after he left Sunday's eventual loss to the 49ers. That might mean the current injury is more than a dislocation, though it hasn't been confirmed one way or the other. Alexander Mattison will get another shot in the lead role if Cook ends up missing time.

Nov 29, 2021 5:58 AM EST

Will get MRI on shoulder

Cook (shoulder) will go for an MRI on the injury Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Cook was carted off due to the shoulder injury in the second half of Sunday's 34-26 loss to San Francisco. Vikings fans and Cook fantasy managers will wait with bated breath until the results of the MRI become available Monday. Should Cook need to miss extended time, Alexander Mattison would take over as the lead back, with rookie special teams ace Kene Nwangwu in the mix for change-of-pace duties.

Nov 28, 2021 5:09 PM EST

Promptly ruled out

Cook (shoulder) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Analysis: Cook totaled 10 carries for 39 yards and six catches for 64 yards before being carted off in the second half. He also fumbled on the play on which he got hurt. Cook needing the cart and being promptly ruled out afterwards suggest his absence may extend past the remainder of this game, but the team will likely provide an update on the severity of his injury before long.

Nov 28, 2021 4:10 PM EST

Carted off with injury

Cook was carted off the field in the second half of Sunday's game against the 49ers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It's not immediately clear what type of injury Cook is dealing with, but his status will be updated again when more information is available. Alexander Mattison is the next man up in the Vikings' backfield.

Nov 28, 2021 3:53 PM EST

25 touches for over 100 yards

Cook rushed 22 times for 86 yards and a touchdown while catching three of four targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Packers.

Analysis: Cook had to grind to extend his 100-yard streak to three games, finishing with a yards per carry mark of 3.9 for the second consecutive game. The high volume helped offset the uncharacteristic low efficiency, resulting in a solid fantasy line for the 26-year-old's managers. Next week's matchup against the 49ers would normally project a positive game script for opposing running backs, but the Vikings' cross-country opponent has been on a roll of late. Still, Cook is an elite fantasy option so long as he is healthy.

Nov 21, 2021 2:27 PM EST

Tops 100 scrimmage yards again

Cook carried the ball 24 times for 94 yards and a touchdown and caught three of five targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: The running back produced the decisive points in the game when he punched in a one-yard TD with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Cook has topped 100 scrimmage yards in five of his seven games this season, but he's been curiously allergic to the end zone, managing only three touchdowns so far after piling up 30 in 28 games over the prior two seasons. He'll look to pick up the scoring pace in Week 11 against the Packers.

Nov 14, 2021 6:08 PM EST

Eclipses century mark in loss

Cook rushed 17 times for 110 yards and brought in all three targets for 12 yards in the Vikings' 34-31 overtime loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: Cook wasn't as efficient on the ground as his 6.5 yards per carry figure would imply, as a bulk of his production came on a 66-yard scamper. Cook also had an apparent one-yard touchdown run reversed on replay early in the second quarter, but his third 100-yard effort of the season and second in the last three games helped ensure it was a solid fantasy day overall. Cook next faces a highly vulnerable Chargers run defense in a Week 10 road matchup.

Nov 7, 2021 2:27 PM EST

Modest output in loss

Cook rushed 18 times for 78 yards and did not record a reception on two targets in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Cook had been battling an off-and-on ankle injury this season, but he got the benefit of extra rest during the team's Week 7 bye. The star back didn't turn in a poor effort, it just wasn't up to his lofty standards. The big win for his managers was that the ankle appeared to hold up just fine after the contest. Cook will face another tough run defense when the Vikings go on the road to face the Ravens (fourth-stingiest rush defense) next Sunday, but Cook is a must-start asset when healthy.

Oct 31, 2021 9:45 PM EST

Not on report Wednesday

Cook avoided the Vikings' first injury report of Week 8 prep Wednesday.

Analysis: Cook was a regular on Vikings practice reports Weeks 3 through 6, sitting out Weeks 3 and 5 in the process. In the team's last game before a Week 7 bye, he handled 75 percent of the snaps on offense in Carolina en route to a season-high 31 touches for 143 yards from scrimmage and one TD. With a week to rest up, Cook now is healthy ahead of Minnesota's final 11 contests of the regular season, as is his backup Alexander Mattison, who practiced in full despite a shoulder issue.

Oct 27, 2021 4:56 PM EST

Returns in full force

Cook (ankle) rushed 29 times for 140 yards and a touchdown while catching both of his targets for three yards in Sunday's 34-28 overtime win over Carolina.

Analysis: Cook was able to return after missing just one game (second overall) from a nagging ankle injury, which was great news for his fantasy managers considering the Vikings' bye is next week. The Vikings opting to deploy the star back right before a would-be extra week of rest bodes well for the overall health of the ankle, as if his stellar performance on the field wasn't proof enough. Now with the extra week to heal, Cook could be in store for a strong stretch of production when the Vikings return to action in Week 8 against the Cowboys.

Oct 17, 2021 2:22 PM EST

Puts in full practice Thursday

Cook (ankle) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: Cook has operated with limitations on his practice reps since Week 2 prep due to a right ankle sprain suffered in that contest. He made just one appearance over the past three games -- 11 touches for 44 total yards Week 4 against the Browns -- while Alexander Mattison earned spot starts in the other two games. Mattison himself is dealing with a shoulder injury, which didn't allow him to practice Wednesday before he returned as limited Thursday. Cook is poised to retake the reins of the Vikings backfield Sunday in Carolina, but it remains to be seen if Mattison will be his primary backup.

Oct 14, 2021 1:57 PM EST

Logs limited practice Wednesday

Cook (ankle) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Cook has been plagued by a sprained right ankle since picking up the injury Week 2 against the Cardinals. He's appeared in just one of the Vikings' last three games, combining for 11 touches and 44 yards from scrimmage Week 4 against the Browns. Alexander Mattison has been filling in for Cook during that stretch, but the former didn't do anything more than stretch before going inside at the start of practice Wednesday, per Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. Officially, Mattison was a non-participant due to a shoulder issue, so Cook actually appears to be the healthier of the two running backs at the moment. As a result, the Vikings backfield will be one to watch closely as the week goes on.

Oct 13, 2021 1:48 PM EST

May be practicing Wednesday

Cook (ankle) appears to be practicing Wednesday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Cook seemed to get in some work last Wednesday and Thursday, too, before the Vikings listed him as a non-participant on both occasions, so it'll be interesting to see if he'll be able to put himself on a path to play this week. He may do so if he logs a limited practice, which won't be revealed until later Wednesday.

Oct 13, 2021 12:06 PM EST

Sitting out again Sunday

Cook (ankle) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Lions.

Analysis: Cook has been dealing with a right ankle sprain since Week 2, which resulted in an absence Week 3 and capped him to just 11 touches for 44 total yards last Sunday against the Browns. The Vikings considered the fifth-year back a game-time decision for Sunday's game after managing just one limited appearance in practice this week, but he hasn't made enough progress to be available to the offense again. With Cook in street clothes, Minnesota will turn to Alexander Mattison as its featured runner.

Oct 10, 2021 8:33 AM EST

Game-time decision for Week 5

Coach Mike Zimmer reportedly views Cook (ankle) as a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Lions, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Analysis: Cook didn't practice either Wednesday or Thursday, but returned to a limited session Friday and is officially listed as questionable heading into Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. Per Schefter, if Cook does suit up against Detroit, it's not a lock the running back would be slated for his normal workload. In that context, Alexander Mattison -- who logged 10 carries in Cook's return to action last weekend -- would continue to remain a factor in Minnesota's rushing attack in Week 5.

Oct 10, 2021 4:17 AM EST

Listed as questionable, again

Cook (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Detroit.

Analysis: Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Cook did "some work" at Friday's practice, following non-participation Wednesday and Thursday. The star running back did play through the same ankle sprain last week after missing just one game, but he took only 49 percent of Minnesota's offensive snaps in a 14-7 loss to the Browns, and then admitted a few days later that his ankle was still bothering him. While Cook also said that he plans to continue playing through pain/discomfort, fantasy managers should probably treat him as a game-time decision ahead of the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff this Sunday. Backfield mate Alexander Mattison become a top-10 play at RB for Week 5 if Cook is ultimately inactive for the highly favorable matchup.

Oct 8, 2021 10:40 AM EST

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