Cook rushed the ball 14 times for 79 yards in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears. He added one reception for three yards.
Analysis: Cook bounced back from a dismal Week 17 performance to put up a passable line to close the season. He ripped off a gain of 25 yards early in the third quarter to account for nearly one-third of his total yardage, but he was held to single-digit gains otherwise. Despite ultimately winning by a comfortable margin, the Vikings played from behind for the the first three quarters, limiting Cook to under 20 carries for the second consecutive game. Between time on the reserve/COVID-19 list as well as a shoulder injury, Cook was able to suit up in only 13 contests this season. Even so, he posted 1,159 rushing yards and 224 yards as a receiver while finding the end zone six times.
Jan 9, 2022 2:49 PM EST
Cook (illness) had six carries for 13 yards and three receptions for no gain in Sunday's 37-10 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Cook was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list after missing Week 16, and he was the only Vikings tailback to receive any carries. Despite reclaiming his usual starting role, the star back was bottled up from start to finish in this one. This was the absolute worst time for Cook to turn in his worst fantasy performance of the season, as many teams likely needed more from him in the championship round. Cook and the Vikings were eliminated from playoff contention, but he should have a chance to rebound against the Bears next Sunday.
Jan 2, 2022 9:42 PM EST
Cook (illness) practiced fully Thursday.
Analysis: Following his activation from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Cook had his practice reps capped, likely due to a lack of conditioning considering he spent nearly one week away from team facilities. With his return to all activity Thursday, he's set for a Week 17 visit to Green Bay. When he previously faced the Packers back in Week 11, Cook compiled 115 yards from scrimmage and one TD on 25 touches.
Dec 30, 2021 1:43 PM EST
Cook (illness) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: When players are activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, they are often listed this way as they get their sea legs under them following their respective bouts with the virus. Cook is following that precedent with a cap on his practice reps Wednesday, but he'll have two more opportunities to get in a full session this week before the Vikings potentially clear him to play Sunday in Green Bay.
Dec 29, 2021 1:51 PM EST
Cook (illness) cleared league protocols Wednesday and will be available for Sunday's game in Green Bay, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Cook thus figures to return to his lead role in the Minnesota backfield after missing Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Rams. Some players have seen reduced workloads in their first game back from a bout with COVID-19, but Cook's return to practice early in the week helps his odds of avoiding that outcome. He initially was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last Thursday.
Dec 29, 2021 8:57 AM EST
Coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that he hopes Cook (illness) clears league protocols and is activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game at Green Bay, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Cook tested positive for the virus last Thursday, and as an unvaccinated player he immediately entered into a 10-day quarantine. He missed a Week 16 loss to the Rams as a result, but if he follows the precedent set by backfield Alexander Mattison, who spent Dec. 13-22 on the COVID-19 list as an unvaccinated player, Cook should return to the active roster Saturday. Assuming he does so, Cook would face a Packers defense Sunday that allowed him to go for 115 yards from scrimmage and one TD on 25 touches back in Week 11.
Dec 28, 2021 9:14 AM EST
The Vikings placed Cook (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to a positive test for the virus, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Cook thus will embark on a 10-day quarantine as an unvaccinated player and won't be available for Sunday's pivotal matchup with the Rams and potentially even a Jan. 2 divisional game at Green Bay. As long as Cook is sidelined, Alexander Mattison will be the Vikings' lead running back, which translated to 89 touches for 448 yards from scrimmage and two total TDs in three prior spot starts this season.
Dec 23, 2021 1:52 PM EST
The Vikings placed Cook on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.
Analysis: Given the timing of his placement on the list, Cook appears unlikely to test out of the protocol ahead of Sunday's game against the Rams. Minnesota returned Alexander Mattison from the same list Wednesday after he previously sat out the Vikings' Week 15 win over the Bears, and he would likely be on tap for a turn as Minnesota's lead back if Cook is in fact out Sunday.
Dec 23, 2021 9:38 AM EST
Cook rushed 28 times for 89 yards and brought in two of three targets for two yards in the Vikings' 17-9 win over the Bears on Monday night.
Analysis: Cook had to work for every blade of grass Monday, with the 3.2 yards per carry he averaged qualifying as his lowest since the Week 1 overtime loss to the Bengals. The fifth-year back's night was exponentially more difficult than his 205-yard outburst against the Steelers in Week 14, but Cook helped churn out some key yards and keep the defense from keying even further on Kirk Cousins, who was still sacked four times and hit on seven occasions overall. Cook has cleared the 80-yard mark in five of the last six games heading into a critical Week 16 home date against the Rams.
Dec 20, 2021 8:40 PM EST
Cook (shoulder) rushed 27 times for 205 yards and two touchdowns and brought in one of three targets for 17 yards in the Vikings' 36-28 win over the Steelers on Thursday night.
Analysis: Cook set the tone for his prolific night with a 20-yard run on his first carry, and he went on to add 29- and seven-yard touchdown scampers before halftime. The fifth-year back look completely unhampered by the shoulder injury that had caused his Week 13 absence, and his yardage tally was just a yard short of the career-best 206 he'd accumulated against the Lions back in Week 9 of last season. Cook will now have some extra days to rest and heal up further before a Week 15 NFC North clash against the Bears a week from Monday night.
Dec 9, 2021 9:14 PM EST
Cook (shoulder) is listed as active Thursday against the Steelers.
Analysis: Cook thus will miss just one game as a result of the dislocated left shoulder that he sustained during a Week 12 loss at San Francisco. He'll operate with a shoulder harness, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Cook wore such a device in the Vikings' wild-card win against the Saints in January 2020, when he went off for 130 yards from scrimmage and two rushing TDs on 31 touches. In any case, he'll push Alexander Mattison down the pecking order in the Vikings backfield, but the latter still may have a role in the offense.
Dec 9, 2021 4:02 PM EST
The Vikings are regarding Cook (shoulder), who is listed as questionable for Thursday's contest against the Steelers, as a game-time decision, Josina Anderson of USA Today reports.
Analysis: Anderson's report implies that Cook's availability is more up in the air for Week 14, after Tom Pelissero of NFL Network relayed earlier Thursday that the running back was "trending toward" making his return from a one-game absence due to a dislocated left shoulder. Ultimately, a decision on Cook's status will likely come down to how he fares in a pregame warmup, with feedback from both the running back and team doctors likely to weigh heavily into the matter. More reports regarding which direction Cook is trending in could come in as the day progresses, but a final word on his status one way or the other won't arrive until Minnesota releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff.
Dec 9, 2021 8:52 AM EST
Cook (shoulder), who is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Steelers, is considered likely to play, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: When Cook first dislocated his left shoulder in a Nov. 28 loss to the 49ers, he appeared destined to miss two games, but he's apparently coming along better than expected in his recovery from the injury. After not practicing in any capacity Week 13 before sitting out the Vikings' loss to the Lions, Cook was listed as a limited participant on the team's Tuesday and Wednesday practice reports to take the questionable designation into the Week 14 matchup. According to Pelissero, Cook has gotten first-team reps the past two days and wants to give it a go Thursday, though he'll likely be wearing a harness or some sort of protection on his shoulder. If the medical staff clears Cook to play, he'll likely start as he normally does, though he could cede more work to No. 2 back Alexander Mattison than usual.
Dec 9, 2021 6:13 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.
Dec 8, 2021 10:57 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.
Dec 7, 2021 1:32 PM EST
Cook (shoulder) was estimated as a non-participant Monday in the Vikings' walk-through practice.
Analysis: Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer hasn't been willing to put a timeline on Cook's return from the dislocated left shoulder he sustained in the Week 12 loss to the 49ers, with Zimmer merely labeling the running back as day-to-day. After sitting out the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Lions and having yet to get back on the practice field, Cook would seem to face an uphill battle to gain clearance for a Thursday matchup with the Steelers in Week 14. If that's the case, Alexander Mattison would be poised for a second straight turn as Minnesota's lead back.
Dec 6, 2021 1:51 PM EST
Cook (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Analysis: There was never much doubt, with Cook missing practice all week after suffering a painful shoulder injury during the Week 12 loss to San Francisco. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Monday that Cook was expected to miss two games before returning for a Monday game Week 15 in Chicago, but the Vikings haven't made anything official beyond the team's upcoming game in Detroit. Alexander Mattison should get all the snaps and touches he can handle in a friendly matchup this Sunday, backed by rookie speedster Kene Nwangwu and potentially practice-squadder A.J. Rose (who would need to be called up by Saturday afternoon to play in Sunday's game).
Dec 3, 2021 10:30 AM EST
Cook (shoulder) isn't present for Thursday's practice, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports.
Analysis: The Vikings haven't definitively ruled Cook out from playing Sunday in Detroit, but the running back looks to be trending toward his third absence of the season while he recovers from a torn labrum and dislocation of his left shoulder. The injury isn't related to the right shoulder injuries that have dogged Cook at various points of his career, but his latest setback on the health front puts him at major risk of missing at least two games, as the Vikings face a quick turnaround for Week 14 with a Thursday matchup with the Steelers. Assuming Cook is officially ruled out ahead of Sunday's contest, Alexander Mattison will step into a lead role out of the Minnesota backfield and should be a strong option in weekly leagues against Detroit's 29th-ranked run defense.
Dec 2, 2021 9:47 AM EST
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
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
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