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Dalvin Cook’s status remains unclear for training camp

There are conflicting reports about Dalvin Cook’s status for training camp. We break down the latest news with the arrival of camp just about upon us.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and running back Dalvin Cook meet before the game against Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings report for training camp this coming week, and Dalvin Cook’s status is still not clear. Cook is looking for a new contract, and it appears there is some miscommunication as to whether or not he will report on time for training camp.

Head coach Mike Zimmer said on Saturday that he heard Cook was going to report to training camp on time. Cook’s agent responded on Saturday evening that Cook had not spoken to Zimmer in regards to returning to camp, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That was followed by a pair of conflicting reports:

NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero tweeted at 10 p.m. that Cook told his position coach he would be reporting to camp. Schefter then tweeted at 11:06 p.m. that Cook’s agent was disputing Pelissero’s report.

And so, we head into the week training camp starts with no real clarity on whether or not Cook will report on time. The new CBA disincentivizes hold-outs, which suggests Cook will likely report sooner than later. But he also could choose to either opt-out of the season due to Covid-19. He would not accrue a season, but it could be a potential leverage option against a Vikings team looking to compete for a championship this year.

Cook is coming off his best season as a pro, rushing for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns, while also catching 53 passes for 519 yards. He was a do-everything type that the Vikings leaned on heavily. Alexander Mattison is a quality back-up, with Michael Boone also showing some things late in the season. Mattison would move into first team snaps if Cook does hold out or even potentially opt out of the season.