Cook could be in line for an extension later this offseason, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Following a breakout 2019 campaign, Cook is entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract. The recent track record of RB contract extensions involves a lot of regret on the part of the teams that re-signed those players, but Cook does have age (24) and limited workloads pre-2019 working in his favor. Of course, injuries were largely to blame for his modest volume through two seasons, with a torn ACL in 2017 followed by a lingering hamstring injury in 2018. Even his breakout season involved a shoulder injury that cost him two and a half games in December, though Cook returned for the playoffs and scored a pair of touchdowns in a wild-card win over New Orleans. GM Rick Spielman said the Vikings usually wait until after the draft to begin discussing contract extensions.
Cook carried the ball nine times for only 18 yards and caught six of eight targets for eight yards in Saturday's 27-10 loss to the 49ers in the NFC divisional round.
The third-year running back saw his season end with a whimper after he carried the Vikings into the divisional round with a huge performance last weekend against the Saints. Cook stayed mostly healthy in 2019 and proved he can be a three-down bell cow, rushing for 1,135 yards and 13 TDs through 14 games while adding 53 catches on 63 targets for an additional 519 yards. Alexander Mattison could grow into a more prominent role next season if the Vikings make an effort to keep Cook from breaking down as he did in his first two NFL campaigns, but Cook still figures to see a significant workload as long as he can stay on the field.
Cook (shoulder) carried 28 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Saints. He also caught three of five targets for 36 additional yards in the 26-20 wild-card win.
Making his return after recovering from a shoulder injury, Cook managed a meager 3.4 yards per carry against one of the league's best run defenses but nearly reached the 100-yard mark through sheer volume. He scored a five-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter and added a one-yard score in the third. Cook was also quite effective as a receiver, finishing second on the team in receiving yards and third in targets. He should be instrumental in the gameplan for next Saturday's divisional-round matchup against the 49ers.
Cook (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday.
As did Alexander Mattison (ankle), with Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com noting that the duo took their usual first and second-team reps at practice Wednesday. With both Cook and Mattison slated to return to action in Sunday's wild-card game against the Saints, Mike Boone will drop down to third on the depth chart and may be phased out of the Vikings' offensive game plan.
Cook (shoulder) said Wednesday that he will be at full strength for this weekend's wild-card game in New Orleans, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Cook made similar comments Tuesday, downplaying any concern about his late-season absence extending into the playoffs. The Vikings will release their first injury report of the week later Wednesday.
Cook (shoulder) is optimistic he'll play this weekend after sitting out the last two games. "I've been putting the time in and I feel good" he said Tuesday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
The 24-year-old went through warmup drills prior to a Week 17 loss to the Bears, so it's not a major surprise he's still upbeat a couple days later. The Vikings will release their first injury report of the week Wednesday, which should clarify Cook's status, but for now the star running back appears on track to retake the field Sunday at New Orleans.
Cook (shoulder), who is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Bears, is planning to return from a two-game absence for the Vikings' wild-card matchup next weekend, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
Cook has only been able to practice on a limited basis since injuring his shoulder in the second half of the Vikings' Week 15 win over the Chargers, but he may have pushed harder to play in the regular-season finale if Minnesota had playoff positioning at stake. Instead, since the Vikings are locked in as the NFC's No. 6 seed regardless of how Week 17 action plays out, Cook will benefit from some additional time to rest his shoulder. Graff notes that Cook was still taking part in warmup drills Sunday despite being inactive, an early sign that he'll be ready to handle a full workload by the time the postseason arrives.
Cook (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Chicago, with the expectation he'll return for the wild-card round of the playoffs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Fellow running back Alexander Mattison (ankle) is listed as questionable, but he probably won't be in store for many touches even if he's active, considering Minnesota doesn't have an opportunity to rise above the No. 6 seed in the NFC. Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah are the best bets to take snaps in the backfield in the regular-season finale, while Cook finishes his breakout campaign with 1,654 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns in 14 games. The Vikings will face the Saints, Packers, Seahawks or 49ers in the first round of the playoffs.
Cook (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Cook maintained his listing on the practice report from Wednesday, when the Vikings submitted an estimate since the team only held a walk-through due to the holiday. After not practicing in any fashion before being ruled out ahead of Monday's loss to the Packers, Cook looks to be in a better place health-wise than he was a week ago, but that doesn't mean he'll suit up in the regular-season finale against the Bears this weekend. With the Vikings locked into the No. 6 seed for the postseason, the team has little incentive to potentially expose Cook to further injury in a meaningless Week 17 contest.
Cook (shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's walk-through session.
Since the Vikings didn't hold a traditional practice on account of the Christmas Day holiday and the quick turnaround from a Monday night loss to the Packers, Cook's "limited" listing is merely an estimate for his activity. As such, it's difficult at this stage to gauge Cook's chances of playing Week 17 versus the Bears, though the fact that the Vikings are locked in as the NFC's No. 6 seed in the playoffs could prompt the team to err on the side of caution and hold him out Sunday.
Cook (chest) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Minnesota will be without its starting running back for a vital divisional matchup in Week 16 with Cook unable to go due to his chest injury. Schefter adds that Alexander Mattison (ankle) is questionable, meaning that Mike Boone should be in line for an elevated role against the Packers.
Cook (chest) wasn't spotted at practice Saturday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
We'll circle back on his status once the Vikings' final injury report of the week is revealed, but Cook is expected to be out Monday night against the Packers. Meanwhile, Alexander Mattison was seen testing things out with his ankle during individual drills Saturday, but he's still looking iffy for Week 16 action. If both Cook and Mattison can't play Monday, Mike Boone will be in line to head Minnesota's rushing attack against Green Bay.
Cook (chest) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) both are absent from Friday's practice, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Most signs point to Mike Boone handling the lead role Monday against Green Bay, though the Vikings haven't ruled out the possibility of Cook and/or Mattison playing. A Thursday report from Adam Schefter of ESPN suggested the Vikings were leaning toward shutting Cook down for the next two weeks, hoping to get him healthy before the playoffs. On the other hand, Cook did say he'll go through his normal routine of team meetings and work with the training staff, preparing as if there's at least some chance for a Week 16 appearance. Back-to-back absences from practices suggest he's worse than 50/50 to play.
Cook (chest) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
The Vikings will begin Week 16 prep with both of their top two running backs going down on the injury report as non-participants, as Alexander Mattison (ankle) was only able to work out on the side with a trainer. Cook, meanwhile, was merely a spectator during the portion of the session that was open to the media, leaving Mike Boone to handle the first-team reps. Adam Schefter of ESPN relayed earlier Thursday that Cook is unlikely to suit up Monday night against Green Bay, but the 24-year-old said he still intends to go through his normal routine this week to get himself ready for the NFC North matchup, according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Cook (shoulder) is considered unlikely to play this coming Monday against Green Bay, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Schefter suggested on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast earlier this week that he would be surprised if Cook was available for the final two regular-season games, but Thursday's report is the first time he cited a source in reference to the running back's likely absence for Week 16. With Minnesota expected to prioritize Cook's health for the posteason, Schefter notes that the club is leaning toward shutting him down for the Week 17 matchup with the Bears as well. Coach Mike Zimmer has thus far been unwilling to offer a firm word on Cook's status for the upcoming matchup with Green Bay, though another update should arrive later Thursday following the Vikings' first practice of Week 16. With Cook exiting last Sunday's win over the Chargers early and backup Alexander Mattison (ankle) inactive for the contest, Mike Boone finished the game as the Vikings' lead back, accruing 56 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Boone could lead the ground attack again in Week 16 if both Cook and Mattison are sidelined.
Coach Mike Zimmer said Cook "feels good" Monday and expressed optimism that the running back will be able to play through his right shoulder injury in the Vikings' Week 16 game against the Packers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Zimmer's comments about his players' injuries aren't always especially reliable, so the Vikings' practice reports this week will likely prove more telling with regard to Cook's status for the matchup between the NFC North's top two teams. Given that the division title is still up for grabs, it would be somewhat surprising if Cook ultimately was withheld from action against Green Bay if he's healthy enough to practice in at least a limited fashion this week. With Cook exiting early in the Week 15 win over the Chargers and backup Alexander Mattison (ankle) sitting out with an injury of his own, Mike Boone (13 carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns) finished the contest as Minnesota's top performer out of the backfield.
Coach Mike Zimmer indicated in his post-game press conference after Sunday's victory over the Chargers that he isn't sure about the severity of Cook's shoulder injury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Zimmer did say that this injury is unrelated to the chest injury Cook has been dealing with recently. Expect further clarification on Cook's status once the Vikings get into their week of practice.
Cook won't return to Sunday's game against the Chargers in L.A. due to a shoulder injury.
Early in the third quarter, Cook seemed to land hard on the right shoulder injury that has afflicted him since a Week 11 hit against the Broncos. After being tended to on the turf, he proceeded to the sideline medical tent and was ruled out shortly thereafter. With his usual backup Alexander Mattison (ankle) sidelined Sunday, the Vikings' backfield has been whittled down to Mike Boone, Ameer Abdullah and fullback C.J. Ham.
Cook carried the ball 18 times for 62 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 14 win over the Lions. He also added two receptions for 13 yards.
For the third consecutive game, Cook failed to record a run of greater than nine yards. However, he ultimately came through with a decent statistical performance due to a three-yard touchdown run just prior to halftime. Though there was some concern over the Cook's health throughout the week, his 20 total touches suggest that he was feeling good enough to remain a focal point of the team's game plan. Unless there is a setback, that should remain the case for Week 15 against the Chargers.
Cook (chest) isn't listed on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Lions, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Cook never returned after his early exit from Monday's 37-30 loss to Seattle, but the Vikings maintained all along that he'd be fine for Week 14. Coach Mike Zimmer didn't sound concerned when he spoke to the media after Friday's practice, noting that the chest injury won't impact Cook's ability to grip the football, per Chad Graff of The Athletic. Even so, it isn't out of the question for Alexander Mattison to see a bit more work than usual, especially if the Vikings are nursing a large lead.
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