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Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Date of Birth:  08/10/1995
Age:  24
Height  5'10"
Weight:   210
College:  Florida State
Drafted:  2017 | Round 2 | Pick 41
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook begins holdout.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Cook "no longer will participate in any team-related activities until and unless he receives a 'reasonable' deal." Schefter adds that a source tells ESPN that Cook will not show up "without a reasonable extension... for camp or beyond." It sounds like the star Vikings running back is going to dig in as he looks for a long-term contract, and the mention of the word "reasonable" could be an indication that Cook is not happy with an offer Minnesota has made. Until a new contract is agreed upon, this will obviously be one of the biggest fantasy football storylines to track this summer. Cook is entering the last season of his four-year rookie contract.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (shoulder) says he's "ready to go" for the postseason.

Cook sat out the final two games of the regular season, and this was fully expected given that his injury is something he might have played through if the Vikings needed wins to get into the playoffs. Expect the dynamic running back to be a big factor in this weekend's Wild Card Round matchup at New Orleans.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Week 17.

This was fully expected, with the Vikings locked into the No. 6 seed in the NFC. Cook's regular season ends with 250 carries for 1,135 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns along with 53 receptions for 519 receiving yards in 14 games. The electric running back excelled in Kevin Stefanski's offense influenced by Gary Kubiak, and he was an excellent selection in 2019 fantasy drafts despite a disappointing end to the season due to injury. Cook is expected to be fine for the start of the postseason next week.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (shoulder) was officially limited in today's practice.

It would be a major surprise if Cook plays in Week 17, but it's still a good sign that he's on the practice field this week. The Vikings might ultimately just rule Cook out tomorrow when the final injury report of the week is released.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Week 16.

Despite some optimism early in the week, this was the expectation after Cook suffered another shoulder injury last week versus the Chargers. Cook is reportedly expected to be out in Week 17, too, though that ultimately might depend on whether Minnesota might need a win for a playoff berth.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is unlikely to play on Monday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer expressed optimism earlier this week that Cook would be able to play this week, but that might have been wishful thinking or gamesmanship. Cook is unlikely to be any better than limited in practice this week, and we'll let you know how he's listed on the final Week 16 injury report when it's released on Saturday. If Alexander Mattison (ankle) is out again, Mike Boone would lead Minnesota's backfield versus Green Bay.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (shoulder) can play through his injury, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Although Cook looked to be in serious pain on Sunday, it was likely another re-aggravation of the same shoulder injury he's been dealing with, and he's yet to miss a game. Fantasy owners are in a tough spot with the Vikings playing on Monday night, but those who have Cook should place a top priority on Alexander Mattison (ankle) and/or Mike Boone as insurance. If active in Week 16, Cook will be more of a risky RB1 play at risk of another setback.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (shoulder) has been ruled out for the rest of today.

It's obviously not a good sign that Cook has been immediately ruled out for the Vikings, but hopefully the team is just being cautious with their star running back. Before leaving, Cook had nine carries for 27 yards along with three receptions for 16 yards, and this is clearly a big blow to fantasy owners in the playoffs. Cook is currently sitting on the bench, and hopefully he's OK soon.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook leaves with apparent chest/shoulder injury.

Cook has been dealing with a shoulder issue for a bit, and it appears he re-aggravated it after landing on it. The dynamic running back was down for a bit before walking slowly to the sideline and going into the medical tent. We will update you when more information is available on Cook's status.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook is not listed on the Week 14 injury report.

After leaving last Monday night's game with a chest/shoulder issue, Cook is ready to go for Sunday against the Lions. There is a chance Cook might be limited if the game turns into a blowout, but the dynamic playmaker needs to be in all fantasy lineups as a great RB1 for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook might not play in Week 14.

Of his star running back, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said: "We'll see how it goes at the end of the week... we're not going to play a guy that's hurt." Despite Cook himself saying that he would play this week, it sounds like he might be on the doubtful side of things. You cannot take any team or week lightly in the NFL, but Minnesota might believe they can handle the Lions this Sunday without Cook, and they may have an eye toward the final three weeks of the regular season and into the postseason. Expect Cook to be no better than limited in practice this week, and check back on Friday for his official game status.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook says he'll be "good to go" for Week 14.

After leaving last night's game against the Seahawks with a shoulder injury, the star Vikings running back says he expects to play against the Lions this Sunday. Cook was just sitting on the sideline in pads after coming back from the locker room last night, so his injury did not appear to be too serious—perhaps after a lost fumble he just thought he might hurt his team by being out there while hurting. Expect Cook to be limited in practice all week, but we'll let you know if he's listed on the final injury report when it's released on Friday.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (shoulder) did not return for the Vikings.

Cook missed most of the second half after injuring his shoulder in the third quarter against the Seahawks. Before leaving, the star runner had nine carries for 29 yards and a touchdown along with three receptions for 35 yards and one lost fumble. Hopefully this injury doesn't keep Cook out for longer than the rest of tonight, but he's certainly not a lock to be ready for the start of the fantasy playoffs in many leagues in Week 14.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook leaves game with apparent shoulder injury.

On a third quarter carry where he fumbled the ball, Cook stayed down on the ground and appeared to be emotional. The dynamic running back went directly to the locker room hanging his right shoulder, which is something he's clearly been dealing with all night. Hopefully Cook gets checked out and is fine, but we'll update you when more information becomes available on his status.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook goes over 100 rushing yards again in Week 3.

Cook carried 16 times for 110 yards and one touchdown while adding four receptions for 33 yards in Minnesota's 34-14 win over Oakland. The Raiders were playing strong run defense entering the game, but they were no match for Cook and the Vikings. The Florida State product has gone over 110 rushing yards with a touchdown in each of the first three games, becoming the fifth player in league history to accomplish the feat, joining four Hall of Famers (Jim Brown, O.J. Simpson, Emmitt Smith, and Curtis Martin). Cook is clearly an elite RB1 right now, and he's probably the favorite to lead the league in rushing in 2019. Durability was the concern entering the year, but fantasy owners that selected Cook early in fantasy drafts must be thrilled to this point.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Vikings GM Rick Spielman says Dalvin Cook "has a chance to be pretty special this year."

The Vikings are clearly planning to run the ball more under offensive coordinator Kevin Stefansky with Gary Kubiak advising the unit, and this is just further confirmation that Cook will be a huge part of the offense. Minnesota is planning to use a lot more play-action passing in 2019, which plays to quarterback Kirk Cousins' strengths. Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports notes that the Vikings threw the ball 64 percent of the time last season, which was ten percent higher than any of the previous four seasons under head coach Mike Zimmer's defensive-minded squad—you can bet they'll be down below 60 percent again this season. Durability is the big concern with Cook, but he's headed for a three-down role and should also remain involved in the passing game. There's definite 300-touch upside for the third-year running back, and he's a high-upside selection in the early rounds of fantasy drafts this summer.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook says he's ready for a heavy workload this season.

According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, Cook says he was brought to Minnesota "to do a job, and my job is to carry the football as many times as they want to hand it to me." After coming off a torn ACL suffered in Week 4 of his rookie season and then dealing with hamstring issues in 2018, Cook says he's "having fun, back to being me," indicating that he can handle as many touches as the Vikings want to give him. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer didn't want to say that Cook could be a 20-carry runner this season, but he did say they "don't anticipate any issues" with their starting running back's health, so it sounds like they won't hesitate to feed him the ball. To start his NFL career back in 2017, Cook had games of 22 and 27 carries in two of the three games he played before the second-ending injury, and now another year removed from that ACL tear and with Latavius Murray now gone, it's possible the Florida State product racks up a ton of touches for a defensive-minded team that wants to run the football.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook handles 15 touches in Week 17 loss.

Cook rushed 11 times for 39 yards, also adding four receptions for 21 yards. The second-year back ends a somewhat disappointing campaign—partly due to injuries after missing all of October—with 133 carries for 615 yards (4.6 YPC) and two touchdowns. He also had a 40/305/2 receiving line. With Latavius Murray expected elsewhere in 2019, Cook should hopefully have a less effective backup and be treated as a workhorse if he can stay healthy. The former Florida State star will be a solid pick in the second and third rounds of fantasy drafts next summer.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook totals 108 yards in win over the Lions.

Cook rushed 16 times for 73 yards, also adding three receptions for 35 yards. Minnesota didn't have success on the ground like they did a week ago, but the matchup was significantly tougher in Detroit. Cook will have a difficult draw for the season finale against the Bears, so he needs to be downgraded to low-end RB2 status for those still competing for a fantasy championship.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook goes off in Vikings' win over the Dolphins.

Cook carried 19 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns along with one reception for 27 yards in the Week 15 victory. The first touchdown was in the red zone on a run where he used his speed and acceleration to bounce to the outside and zoom to the end zone, and the second was a 21-yarder where he made an excellent spin move in the hole before a nice juke that helped allow him to walk into the end zone. Cook didn't have a rushing touchdown all season entering this game, so this was a bit of a breakout game for him on the ground. Latavius Murray received 15 carries of his own in this one, so new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski clearly looks set to commit to the run, which was pretty predictable after the switch. Next week against Detroit isn't an easy matchup, but Cook is more of a must-start than he's been all season entering fantasy finals.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

The Vikings have fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

This is a bit of a shocker but at the same time it's not surprising. It's a shocker because DeFilippo has been considered one of the top head coach candidates the last couple of years; but it's not surprising because Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has openly talked about the need for his team to run the ball more, which DeFilippo seemingly did not want to commit to. This simply was a pairing that didn't work from the start, and it's probably a good move to get Minnesota to play the way their head coach wants them to play. Expect the offense to pound the ball the final three games of the season, with both Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray potentially set for a dozen or so touches each moving forward (with 20+ touch potential for Cook).

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook scores in Vikings' Week 14 loss.

Cook carried 13 times for 55 yards along with five receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks, with the score coming at the end of the game on a short pass over the middle after a Kirk Cousins scramble. This wasn't a good game for Minnesota's offense, but Cook had a solid performance in the first week of the fantasy playoffs. The second-year running back now has double-digit fantasy points in three straight games, and he'll look to keep it going next week against the Dolphins.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook gets 17 touches in Week 13.

Cook carried nine times for 84 yards and caught eight passes (on ten targets) for 22 yards against the Patriots. The Vikings again did not commit to the running game despite New England shutting down their passing attack, so Cook didn't get many opportunities to do damage on the ground. And through the air, the Pats basically just shut everything down and did a good job of swarming to Cook and bringing him down when he made short catches. Next up Cook faces a Seahawks team that hasn't been good against opposing running backs this season, so he should be a very good fantasy option in the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook scores first touchdown of the season in Week 12.

Cook caught an early touchdown on a swing screen pass, be the Packers otherwise did a solid job of containing him. He had ten carries for 29 yards and three receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. This was Cook’s first touchdown of 2018, and he’ll look to keep it going against the Patriots next week.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook has forgettable night in 25-20 loss to Chicago.

Cook rushed nine times for 12 yards, also catching three passes for negative-two yards and losing a fumble. The Vikings simply couldn't get going offensively until the passing game opened up in the fourth quarter, so hopefully the disastrous performance didn't cost too many fantasy owners relying on Cook. The 2017 second-round pick should bounce back next week against the attackable Green Bay run defense, but he remains more of an RB2 than RB1.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook shows he's healthy in Week 9.

Cook was said to be on a snap count in his first game back after missing the last four games with a hamstring injury, but he immediately received a good amount of work against the Lions, carrying ten times for 89 yards and adding four receptions for 20 yards. Keep in mind Cook might lose a couple of points on a stat correction after a dropped pitch was credited as a lost fumble to Kirk Cousins. The highlight of the day for Cook was a 70-yard run where he showed his speed and acceleration doesn't appear to be limited—and he nearly scored but was tripped up a few yards short of the goal line. This was great to see as the Vikings enter the bye, and now Cook should return and be at least an RB1/RB2 option down the stretch. The only concern is Latavius Murray has been exceptional in Cook's absence and might take a dozen touches per game himself, including goal-line work.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is officially active for Week 9.

Cook is reportedly going to be on a snap count, which if true is a bit of a surprise considering we’d think the second-year running back is very close to 100% if the Vikings are going to risk playing him with their bye coming up next week. Cook is a FLEX option versus the Lions, but he obviously carries some risk on a potential snap count.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for this Sunday.

Cook is reportedly expected to play and be on a snap count against the Lions, but he’ll have to get through pre-game warmups Sunday morning. The official game status for the second-year running back will be known by 11:30 AM ET, and he’ll offer some upside in fantasy lineups as a FLEX option if active.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is expected to be on a limited snap count this week, according to Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune.

Goessling notes that the Vikings had a similar plan in Week 6 against the Cardinals, but that Cook's pregame warmup did not go well and he was inactive. Cook has been limited in practice this week, and he's likely to be listed as questionable for Sunday, but it sounds like he'll play barring a setback in today's practice or Sunday's pre-game warmups. The second-year back only needs a few touches to make a big impact in a game, but he'll be difficult to trust as more than a FLEX option in Week 9 fantasy lineups if active.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) remains limited in practice.

Two straight limited practices is a positive sign, indicating the second-year back hasn't suffered a setback this week. Another limited session tomorrow would also be a positive, and perhaps Cook will be listed as questionable with a chance to face the Lions on Sunday. And the Vikings kick off at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, so his status will be known before most games kick off. We'll update you on Cook's official Week 9 status tomorrow.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Cook is expected to be held out this week before Minnesota's Week 10 bye, but perhaps he will be able to beat that timetable if he feels good in practice over the next couple days. For now, fantasy owners should count on being without the second-year back, and if he does play, Cook wouldn't be much more than a risky FLEX option.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 8.

This is Cook's fifth missed game this season. Latavius Murray will again carry the load on Sunday night against the Saints, but he's more of a low-end RB2 for a matchup against a team that's giving up just 72.3 rushing yards per game and 3.1 yards per carry. Cook is expected to also miss next week, as the Vikings are likely to hold him out through their Week 10 bye week.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not practice today.

This was fully expected, as Cook is reportedly unlikely to play this Sunday night against the Saints. We'll see if the second-year running back can at least get a limited practice in tomorrow, though.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) might remain sidelined through Minnesota's Week 10 bye week.

Courtney Cronin of ESPN writes "multiple league sources have indicated a belief that Cook will miss the Vikings' next two games... and remain sidelined through Minnesota's bye week." The Vikings haven't come out and said anything, so this could turn out to be wrong; however, it makes sense for the team to ensure the second-year running back gets to 100% after he's already dealt with hamstring setbacks while playing in just three games this season. We'll of course monitor Cook's practice status this week, expect Latavius Murray to again carry the load on Sunday night against the Saints.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 7.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was just asked about Cook, and he simply said that he's out for Sunday. The second-year running back was a full participant in Wednesday's practice before he was a non-participant yesterday, and he might have had another setback with his troubled hamstring. Either way, Cook has been deemed not ready to go against the Jets, so it'll be Latavius Murray again leading Minnesota's backfield against the Jets. Coming off a 155-yard, one-touchdown performance, Murray is a solid RB2 option for Week 7.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not participate in Thursday's practice.

Cook looked on track to return after getting in a full session yesterday, so hopefully this is just a rest day for the second-year back in order to avoid another setback. Of course, it's entirely possible that Cook's hamstring is simply acting up again, and fantasy owners shouldn't pen him into lineups quite yet. We will get more clarity tomorrow when we see what Cook does in practice and how he's listed on the injury report for Sunday's game, but Latavius Murray would again be an RB2 option if he draws another start this weekend.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) practiced fully today.

Cook was also able to get in a full practice last week, but this is obviously an excellent sign that he's a full participant to start the week. We'll let you know if anything changes in the next two days, but expect Cook to be off the injury report and out there on Sunday against the Jets if all goes well. The second-year running back would immediately be in the RB2 mix for Week 7 if he's back in the lineup.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is officially inactive for Week 6.

Cook was thought to be ready to play today against the Cardinals, but his pre-game warmup apparently did not go well. He's being held out, meaning Latavius Murray will draw the start against an Arizona team that's given up the most standard fantasy points to running backs this season. Murray is an RB2/FLEX option for the matchup. Consider Cook week-to-week for now.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is officially questionable for Week 6.

It was looking good for Cook when he was a full participant in yesterday's practice, but he was back down to a limited session today, making him a likely game-time call on Sunday. The good news is the Vikings play at 1:00 PM ET, so Cook's status will be known before any of the games kick off. Also, if Cook is active we'd think he'll be very close to 100%, as the Vikings are heavy favorites against the Cardinals with out without Cook, and this isn't the game to put him out there if he's at risk of another aggravation.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was officially a full participant in today’s practice.

We’ll see if Cook ends up listed on tomorrow’s injury report, but he should be ready to go for Sunday against the Cardinals. Another full practice tomorrow would indicate the second-year running back is 100% or very close to it. Cook is looking like a safe option in Week 6 fantasy lineups.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was limited in today’s practice.

This is a good start to the week for the second-year running back. Consider Cook 50/50 for Sunday against the Cardinals for now, but we’ll track his practice status the next two days. A full practice participation would be a great sign.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is officially inactive against the Eagles.

Cook was able to get in a limited practice on Friday, but his hamstring isn’t ready for today’s NFC Championship Game rematch. Latavius Murray will handle the load for the Vikings, but it could be a pass-heavy approach against one of the league’s toughest run defenses, making Murray just a weaker FLEX option. We’ll see if Cook can get healthy for Week 6 against the Cardinals.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is officially questionable for Week 5.

After missing the last two practices, Cook was limited in today' practice, so he's making a push to play on Sunday against the Eagles. He's set for a game-time call, and the bad news is the Vikings don't play until 4:25 PM ET, which might put fantasy owners in a bind. However, while Cook would probably love to play in a huge matchup in Philadelphia, he'll be difficult to trust as a strong option in fantasy lineups at less than 100% with the potential of not coming close to his usual workload against one of the NFL's best run defenses.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) remains out of practice.

There's a chance Cook can get up to at least a limited practice tomorrow ahead of the weekend, but he's certainly leaning toward the doubtful side of things for Week 5. At this point, expect Latavius Murray to draw the start against Philadelphia, but check back in tomorrow for Cook's official status for the game.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday.

The second-year back didn't sound confident about his health before or after he rushed ten times for 20 yards against the Rams last Thursday night, so fantasy owners are definitely in a difficult spot if Cook is active again in Week 5. Considering he faces Philadelphia's stout front on the road, it might be best to consider alternatives independent of Cook's status, but we'll provide an update on Minnesota's starter tomorrow.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook gets ten touches against the Rams.

Dealing with a hamstring injury coming into the night, Cook started the game and looked good on the first drive. But he couldn't get much going after that, and Minnesota relied on the passing attack in a shootout with the Rams. Cook ended up with ten carries for 20 yards and didn't receive a ton of playing time when the game got going. The second-year back was reportedly on a pitch count, and perhaps it was ten carries; it just didn't equate to a startable fantasy performance. Cook will take the mini bye to get ready for a difficult matchup against the Eagles in Lincoln Financial Field.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is officially active tonight.

Everything checked out fine in pre-game warmups, so Cook is ready to go tonight against the Rams. Cook will reportedly be on a pitch count tonight, which should mean a pretty-evenly split backfield with the very capable Latavius Murray. So while Cook isn't his usual RB1 status, he's a solid fantasy option and can be inserted into lineups to kick off Week 4.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook will be on a pitch count tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says the second-year running back is expected to play tonight against the Rams, but that they'll keep a close eye on him in warmups to ensure he's OK and that he'll be on a pitch count for the game. Considering the potential pitch count along with a difficult matchup against LA's great defensive line, and Cook is not the usual potential RB1 option he is most weeks. The pitch count is just something to keep in mind, though Cook just needs a few plays to pickup chunk yardage.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is officially questionable for tomorrow night.

Cook said he felt like he had a good chance of playing against the Rams, and Vikings head coach indicated his second-year running back does have a chance; it's looking to be headed toward a game-time call. We'll know Cook's status by 7:00 PM ET tomorrow, but he'd be more of an RB2 option in a difficult matchup if active.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was limited in Tuesday’s practice.

Cook missed last week’s game against the Bills with the injury, and he is once again looking questionable on a short week. Fantasy owners need a backup plan in case Cook sits again, but it obviously helps that he plays on Thursday night since there’s plenty of time to find a replacement. We currently have Minnesota’s starter ranked as more of a midrange RB2 against the Rams.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not practice today.

Earlier today, Cook indicated he believes he'll be able to play on Thursday night against the Rams, but he's probably headed toward a game-time call. We'll monitor Cook's practice status today and tomorrow before we see how he's listed on the official injury report for the game when it's released Wednesday.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is out for Week 3.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says Cook will not play versus the Bills this weekend. Cook's injury was called a cramp last Sunday, but it's clearly not that, so the second-year back should be considered week-to-week for now. Hopefully we see Cook back at practice next week, but we'll update you on his status. Latavius Murray will carry the load for Minnesota in Week 3 against the Bills, and he's immediately an excellent option in all fantasy lineups. If Murray is somehow available in your league, pick him up.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not practice today.

This is not good for Cook's Week 3 status against the Bills. The injury was called a cramp initially, but Cook's not practicing indicates it is a legit hamstring injury. The Vikings might think they should be able to win Sunday's game even without Cook, and Latavius Murray is more than capable of filling in as the leader in the backfield. Check back in tomorrow to see how Cook is listed, but be prepared for him to miss this weekend's game.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not practice today.

It’s only Wednesday, so this isn’t a huge deal yet, especially with the injury being called a cramp on Sunday. However, Cook’s status should be monitored closely ahead of this weekend’s game against the Bills. We’ll update you with Cook’s practice status tomorrow.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook says his hamstring injury was just a cramp.

Cook said this to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, who says Cooks says he's "fine." This is good to hear, as there shouldn't be any doubt about Cook's Week 3 status if it was just a cramp. Cook faces the Bills next Sunday.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook suffers hamstring injury against the Packers.

Cook was injured in overtime, as he sat on the ground and immediately felt something wrong with his leg. Thankfully, it's a hamstring injury instead of something with his knee, but hamstring injuries can be lengthy. He's officially questionable to return, but it's unlikely he comes back this late in overtime. Before leaving, Cook had ten carries for 28 rushing yards and three receptions for 52 receiving yards. More information on the severity of Cook's hamstring injury should be available in the next day or so.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook handles 22 touches in Week 1 win.

There was no limitations for the second-year back coming off his torn ACL from last season, as he was given the ball early and often by the Vikings to open the year. Cook had 16 carries for 40 rushing yards along with six receptions for 55 receiving yards in the 24-16 victory against the Niners, but he did lose a fumble. Latavius Murray (11 carries for 42 yards) outperformed Cook on the ground, but the Vikings are basically treating Cook like a near-workhorse in an offense that's going to run the ball a lot in 2018. Cook should obviously remain in all lineups next week against Green Bay.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook is playing in tonight's preseason game.

Cook is 100% recovered from last season's ACL tear and has been 100% all summer, so the Vikings are putting him out there for the team's third preseason game. Expect Cook to get just a few touches before exiting. He's a high-upside selection early in fantasy drafts as a dynamic player playing in what should be one of the league's better offenses.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook is expected to participate in the preseason.

It might even be Week 1 of the preseason this upcoming week versus the Broncos that Cook participates in. This is just further evidence that Cook's ACL tear from last October is of little-to-no concern heading into 2018. It'll be interesting to see if the preseason gives some insight on how Cook and Latavius Murray will be used this season.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook says he's quicker and faster after his ACL tear.

This can be the case sometimes, as an intense rehab often makes athletes stronger than they were before the injury. By all accounts, the second-year running back has looked amazing in his return from his ACL injury in Week 4 of last season, and he has not been wearing a knee brace in practice. Cook's knee is of no concern in 2018, and it shouldn't stop you from taking him early in fantasy drafts this year.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook is fully participating in Vikings training camp.

The second-year running back was a participant in team drills toward the end of offseason training, and all indications were he'd be out there for the start of training camp. Cook has been seen without a knee brace for at least parts of practice, which is also a great sign. Latavius Murray will get a good amount of backfield work after the season he had for Minnesota last season, but Cook is expected to be featured heavily this season. The dynamic second-year runner is currently going in the top two rounds of fantasy drafts.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (knee) practiced fully this week.

Cook, who is said to have been killing his ACL rehab, told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero that he feels 100% and is starting to get his feel for the game back to where it was before the injury. The second-year back has been wearing a brace throughout the spring, but he does not plan on wearing the brace during the season, which is a welcome sign. While Cook presumably is not fully cleared for contact, they weren't hitting during the spring anyway. Expect Cook to be 100% cleared for the start of training camp or shortly after, and his Week 1 status is not in any doubt.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook is participating in Vikings offseason activities on a limited basis.

Cook is nearly seven months removed from his torn ACL last season, and Vikings head trainer Eric Sugarman says the second-year running back "has knocked the rehab out of the park." Cook admitted it's been tough at times but that Sugarman and the training staff have helped him attack the rehab process. The hope is that Cook will be full-go for training camp, which would be ideal. Minnesota is fortunate to have Latavius Murray also in the mix in the backfield, and there should be no rush to get Cook back on the field in a full capacity—his long-term health is more important. Cook's progress will be a storyline to watch leading up to the season.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook (knee) might be ready for OTAs.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says his second-year running back will be "pretty close" to being good to go for OTAs. This comes a day after Vikings GM Rick Spielman said the team is "very excited" about the progress last year's second-round pick has made in his recovery. After tearing the ACL in September, Cook has had plenty of time to get back to 100%, and he will certainly be there by training camp if he isn't ready for offseason training. Minnesota's running back situation will be interesting to watch leading up to the season, as while Cook looks like he's going to be a stud for the Vikings, Latavius Murray was one of the best running backs in the NFL last season when he got going. They'll both get work this season, and it's possible Murray takes a lot of the goal line work, because as Spielman indicated, the team had more success there in 2017.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

New Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo says he "loved" Dalvin Cook coming out of the draft.

The team's new OC made it clear he liked Florida State's all-time leading rusher when he came out of the draft last year, telling reporters, "Personally, I loved Dalvin Cook coming out of that draft. I loved him. I knew he was a very special player." It sounds like Cook is a big reason DeFilippo found the Vikings' job appealing, and the running back will likely be utilized a lot for Minnesota. Cook is coming off a torn ACL, but he's expected to be at 100% well before the start of the regular season. Latavius Murray's presence is also a slight concern after how well he played for the Vikings in 2017 when he got into a rhythm, but Cook will be the starter and is likely to get a sizable workload in 2018.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook is officially out for the season with a torn ACL.

This was the fear yesterday after Cook's non-contact injury, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says it was confirmed this morning. You obviously have to feel bad for the player, who was having a great rookie season after being selected in the second round of the draft, but this is also a huge loss for the Vikings. At least Minnesota signed Latavius Murray to be their starter this offseason before having Cook drop to them in the second round, so Murray will likely be inserted into the lineup. As for Cook, he'll have to rehab but should be 100% well ahead of next season, and he'll certainly be selected in the first three rounds of fantasy drafts.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

The Vikings fear Dalvin Cook has a torn ACL.

Head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters the fear is Cook tore his ACL, but they’re going to get an MRI tomorrow morning. All we can do is hope for good news at this point, but it doesn’t look good. Latavius Murray will likely be a high waiver priority for many people this week.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook leaves game with non-contact injury.

Cook cut and sustained what looks like an apparent knee injury against the Lions. He was able to limp off the field under his own power, but it still looks like it could be a serious injury. Cook is now headed to the locker room, and it looks like his day is over. The rookie back had 13 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown along with an eight-yard reception before leaving the game. We'll see how the carries are split between Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon with Cook out.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook gets 32 touches in Week 3.

The rookie back carried 27 times for 97 yards and a touchdown on the ground while adding five receptions for 72 yards against the Bucs. Obviously, 32 touches is a ton and it's something fantasy owners love to see; and the touchdown was Cook's first in the NFL, so it was a great day for him in a Vikings' win. Cook should be good for at least another 20 touches in Week 4 against the Lions.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Steelers do a good job limiting Dalvin Cook in Week 2.

With Sam Bradford (knee) out, the Steelers likely put more of their focus on stopping the rookie Cook. He had 12 carries for 64 yards and two receptions for zero yards. A 25-yard run was Cook's best of the day, and he was tackled right at the one-yard line and vultured by fullback C.J. Ham, likely angering many fantasy owners. Cook faces his former FSU teammate Jameis Winston next week, as the Buccaneers travel to Minnesota. Cook should be in your lineup regardless, but hopefully Sam Bradford is back to give the offense a boost.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook breaks one of Adrian Peterson's records in his first game.

The rookie running back from Florida State had 22 carries for 127 yards, while adding three receptions for ten yards. The 127 yards broke Adrian Peterson's previous record for rushing yards (107) by a Vikings rookie in his first game. Cook was the clear lead back tonight, as Jerick McKinnon was second with three carries behind him. The second-rounder showed his great acceleration and ability to move forward after contact against New Orleans. He has a more difficult matchup in Week 2 against the Steelers, but Cook should still be an RB1.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook is listed as the starting running back on the Vikings depth chart.

This isn't a surprise, as the rookie running back played great this preseason and received a ton of praise from coaches and players while Latavius Murray missed most of the preseason recovering from offseason ankle surgery. Murray will still have a role, we're just not sure how big it's going to be; if it's near the goal line, Cook's upside would take a hit. Nevertheless, Cook is an RB2 to open the season on Monday night versus New Orleans.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook carries five times for 17 yards in the Vikings' third preseason game.

The Vikings offense struggled mightily against the 49ers, unable to get much going on the ground or through the air. Latavius Murray made his preseason debut and got some work with the first team and will eat into some of Cook's workload, but Cook is the number one back right now. Cook is almost certainly done for the preseason, and the focus now shifts to their opening game on Monday Night Football against the Saints. The talented rookie should probably be a top-50 pick in all fantasy leagues.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook takes control of Vikings backfield in second preseason game.

Taking almost all of the first-team snaps in the first half against Seattle, Cook carries seven times for 40 yards. The second-round rookie showed his quickness and acceleration while cutting through the Seahawks defense. Cook also had one reception for ten yards. Meanwhile, Jerick McKinnon only played one or two snaps with Sam Bradford and the first unit, so Cook seems well ahead of him on the depth chart. We haven't seen Latavius Murray—who could steal goal line snaps—on the field yet, but Cook looks like he'll be the lead guy in Minnesota's backfield. Cook is already going in the top 50, but his ADP might continue to rise.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook gets nine touches in preseason debut.

The rookie from Florida State had five carries for 13 yards and four receptions for 30 yards. There wasn't much room for him to run against the Bills, but he was reliable as a receiver and the Vikings threw a couple of designed screens to him to get the ball in his hands. Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon did not play in this game, but they should be good to go next Friday against Seattle in Week 2 of the preseason; we'll know more about how much work Cook will get then.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook is listed as the Vikings' starting running back on the first unofficial depth chart.

As you might know, unofficial depth charts are sometimes just made by the team's PR staff with no input from the coaches. But Dalvin Cook has been getting most of the first-team reps on offense and is listed above Jerick McKinnon, who is entering his fourth season with the team. Latavius Murray, who is still on the PUP, is not listed on the depth chart. Cook has a chance to really separate himself if he plays lights out with the starters in Week 1 of the preseason.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Vikings head coach Pat Shurmur thinks Dalvin Cook can be "great" at pass protection.

Talking of his rookie running back, Shurmur said "I don't see any elements of running back play that he can't be great at and pass protection is one of them." When the team first reported to training camp, head coach Mike Zimmer said pass protection is "always the number one thing" for young running backs, so it's good to hear they think Cook can be great at it. If Cook does hold up in pass protection, he could immediately be the lead back for the Vikings and get a lot of touches. Though Shurmur did also say "We feel like we've got a lot of guys in that running back room that deserve carries." So Latavius Murray (who has yet to hit the field as he's still getting to 100% after offseason ankle surgery) and Jerrick McKinnon will all have roles too—with the hammer Murray potentially taking a goal line role, which could limit Cook's upside.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Dalvin Cook is drawing effusive praise from the Vikings.

Albert Breer of MMQB visited Vikings camp and heard all positive things about the rookie running back from Florida State. Head coach Mike Zimmer said, like when they drafted All-American UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr in the first round in 2014, it looks like they got a "special player." Zimmer also added the talk among Cook's teammates is "there's something different about this guy." GM Rick Spielman again said he was shocked Cook was still there in the second round of the draft, and said the dynamic back from Florida State has a "unique skill set." Breer writes that Spielman knew that "as a player, [Cook would] fit as [Adrian] Peterson's heir." With teammates, coaches, and the front office all noticing and praising Cook (remember, they were just teammates with future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson), it's sure looking like the Vikings got a steal in the draft.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer didn't rule out using Dalvin Cook as a kick returner this season.

Cook is their dynamic second-round running back from Florida State. The team's special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said earlier this week he would like Cook to return kicks this season, and Zimmer said they'll do whatever helps them win games. Zimmer also said pass protection is "always the number one thing" for young running backs if they want to play on offense, so Cook will likely focus on that to have a big offensive role. If Cook isn't expected to get a lot of work on offense, it'd probably make it more likely he returns kicks. The Vikings are looking for someone to replace Cordarrelle Patterson, who might be the best returner in the NFL and left for the Raiders in free agency.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer would "love" to use Dalvin Cook as a kick returner.

Priefer was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and said he would like to use Cook as the team's kick returner, but that it's head coach Mike Zimmer's decision. The rookie back from Florida State is a dynamic player with the ball in his hands, and he could probably be an excellent kick returner in the NFL. The Vikings are looking to fill that role after Cordarrelle Patterson (who is probably the best kick returner in the league) left for Oakland in free agency. We'll see if the Vikings choose to put their talented second round pick back there at kick returner. It certainly wouldn't hurt Cook's fantasy value if they did.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

Mike Zimmer says Dalvin Cook has a "chance to be special."

The Vikings head coach isn't going to just say this just to say it. He said the selection of Cook by GM Rick Spielman was a "great pick," and it's clear the Vikings are thrilled with the former FSU running back. With Latavius Murray still recovering from ankle surgery, Cook has been getting a lot of first team reps along with Jerick McKinnon. Zimmer says the workloads at the position between Cook, Murray, and McKinnon will be worked out during training camp. It's one of the most important position battles to watch during training camp, but it could be a full-blown RBBC, as they all are good players that can make an impact.

Dalvin Cook | Vikings RB

The Vikings trade up to select Florida State running back Dalvin Cook with the 41st pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Cook carried the Seminoles offense for two years following Jameis Winston’s departure for the NFL, totaling 40 touchdowns over the past two seasons. FSU’s feature back rushed 288 times for 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2016, and performed his best in some of the biggest games, including an October loss to Clemson when he rushed for 169 yards and four scores. Cook is also a very good pass catcher, but his overall transition to the league after a forgettable NFL Scouting Combine is a real question mark. We will find out soon enough when he suits up for the Vikings. Latavius Murray will likely be the starter, but Cook should get considerable playing time as a rookie.

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