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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook questionable ahead of Week 5 matchup with Lions

We break down the news that Dalvin Cook is listed as questionable for Week 5

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Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 3, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Friday update: Dalvin Cook is listed as questionable to play in Week 5. He returned to practice on Friday after not practicing earlier in the week. If he plays, we need to be ready for him to possibly be hampered by his injury in the game.

Thursday update: Dalvin Cook was listed as not practicing once again on Thursday, per the injury report. Maybe a silver lining to that designation is that Cook was able to run through warmups and RB drills during the portion of practice open to reporters, per Andrew Krammer. We shall see if he can get a limited practice in on Friday.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook did not take part in Wednesday’s practice session ahead of the team’s Week 5 showdown with the Detroit Lions. Cook is dealing with an ankle injury that he says is still healing. Cook says he’s planning to keep playing in spite of the injury. He finished with nine carries for 34 yards in the Week 4 loss to the Browns.

Fantasy football implications

Cook says he’s planning to play through the injury and he did suit up in Week 4 after missing Week 3. This does mean Cook could still go down in the middle of the game if he aggravates the problem. Alex Mattison is in line for carries if Cook does go to the sidelines at any point, but for now, it appears the workhorse back is going to power through the problem. His availability Thursday and Friday will ultimately dictate his status for Sunday’s game against the Lions.