Sunday update — Cook is still listed as questionable for Week 3 vs. the Seahawks. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Cook is probably closer to doubtful.
As the week progressed, there was a less confident tone that Vikings RB Dalvin Cook would play Sunday vs. Seattle due to his sprained ankle, per source. Cook didn’t practice all week, it’s early in season, and going into pre-game warmups it was considered “unlikely” he plays.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 26, 2021
Friday PM update: Cook is listed as questionable and was able to do some work at practice on Friday, per the team. He will be a game-time decision, which is tough for fantasy managers due to the game being late. He’s too good to give up on unless we get more definitive word, so find an alternative and wait for his status for fantasy football.
#Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wouldn't confirm though that Dalvin Cook will play on Sunday. But he said that he's the type of running back who could play after not practicing all week.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) September 24, 2021
Friday update: Cook was not seen for the start of practice on Friday, per Chris Tomasson. He is a player who could start without practice, but at this point we don’t know how close he is to doing so. If he is listed as questionable on the injury report later today, he’ll likely be considered a game-time decision.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook missed his second day of practice on Thursday, per St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson. Cook dealt with ankle issues throughout last week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, but continued to return and look sharp as he put up good statistics.
There is a real chance Cook is getting extra rest this week, but will be ramped up to a limited practice on Friday. If so, he would likely play against the Seattle Seahawks in Minnesota.
When asked about Cook’s workload on Wednesday, head coach Mike Zimmer was emphatic that Cook would continue to get a big workload as long as he was healthy enough to suit up.
As Dalvin Cook deals with an ankle injury, the throttle is still forward on his workload, Zimmer said. "At this stage, it's time to get some wins. Dalvin's a tough guy. If he can't play, then there's a reason why he's not playing. He makes us go, so...we'll continue to play him."— Andrew Krammer (@Andrew_Krammer) September 22, 2021
Fantasy football implications
Cook is too good to sit if he gets the okay to play in Week 3. If he can get in work at practice on Friday, there’s a good chance he’ll need to be in your lineups on Sunday.