Dalvin Cook
RB MIN (7)
Wed 8/3/22 4:09 PM

Cook (hand) practiced Wednesday, Arif Hasan of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Cook was removed from Tuesday's practice but won't miss any additional time. Alexander Mattison also practiced Wednesday after hurting his hand earlier in the week, while tight end Irv Smith recently had thumb surgery. Cook is locked in as a must-start option whenever healthy, with the downside being that he's missed multiple games every season and is especially at risk for injuries to the right shoulder that he's torn and/or dislocated multiple times.

Dalvin Cook
RB MIN (7)
Wed 8/3/22 12:18 AM

Cook left Tuesday's practice with what appeared to be a hand injury, returned for one snap and then sat out the rest of practice, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
EDGE Analysis
The injury appears minor but it's worth monitoring during training camp. Cook's usage in training camp is worth watching as he could be used more as a receiver and less as a workhorse rusher in new head coach Kevin O'Connell's offense. Either way, Cook still will be a focal point, perhaps trading some carries for targets and likely experiencing positive TD regression after scoring only six from 1,383 yards from scrimmage last year.

Dalvin Cook
RB MIN (7)
Thu 7/7/22 12:07 PM

Cook could see more targets under new head coach Kevin O'Connell, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.
EDGE Analysis
Cook doesn't exactly have reliable hands -- he's dropped 20 passes over the past four seasons -- but he knows where to be and is one of the toughest players to tackle in the league. He's thus been able to post strong receiving efficiency numbers by RB standards (career 8.2 YPR, 6.5 YPT, 78.8 percent catch rate) in addition to his excellent work on the ground (4.5 YPC or better every season). O'Connell's background with the Rams has many predicting that the Vikings will throw more passes this season, especially after WR Justin Jefferson told reporters the offense isn't run-first anymore. Cook still will be a focal point, of course, perhaps trading some carries for targets and likely experiencing positive TD regression after scoring only six from 1,383 yards from scrimmage last year. The biggest question, per usual, is how many games he'll play, as he's missed multiple contests every season and has suited up for only 69 percent of the Vikings' regular-season games since they drafted him in 2017. From a per-game standpoint, he looks solid as an RB1.

Dalvin Cook
RB MIN (7)
Sun 1/9/22 5:49 PM

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.
EDGE 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.

Dalvin Cook
RB MIN (7)
Mon 1/3/22 12:42 AM

Cook (illness) had six carries for 13 yards and three receptions for no gain in Sunday's 37-10 loss to Green Bay.
EDGE 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 managers 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.

Dalvin Cook
RB MIN (7)
Thu 12/30/21 4:43 PM

Cook (illness) practiced fully Thursday.
EDGE 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.

Dalvin Cook
RB MIN (7)
Wed 12/29/21 4:51 PM

Cook (illness) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday.
EDGE 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.

Dalvin Cook
RB MIN (7)
Wed 12/29/21 11:57 AM

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.
EDGE 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.

Dalvin Cook
RB MIN (7)
Tue 12/28/21 12:14 PM1 Comment

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.
EDGE 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 mate 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.

Dalvin Cook
RB MIN (7)
Thu 12/23/21 4:52 PM1 Comment

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.
EDGE 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.