Mattison appears fairly secure in the second spot on Minnesota's depth chart, according to Eric Smith of the team's official website.
The Vikings lost Mike Boone to the Broncos in March, before selecting Kene Nwangwu in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Nwangwu made waves with a 4.32-second 40-yard dash at his pro day, but only after an unexciting college career in which he was limited to 150 total touches over four seasons at Iowa State. While the raw talent could eventually make him a threat, Nwangwu isn't likely to put up a serious challenge against Mattison this summer, considering the third-year pro has averaged 4.6 yards per carry and 9.0 per catch to this point in his career, with 219 touches in 26 NFL appearances. Dalvin Cook should continue to dominate backfield work, but Mattison is easily the best bet to handle whatever's left.
Mattison ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries while corralling all three of his targets for 50 yards and a receiving TD during Sunday's 37-35 win against the Lions.
In relief of Dalvin Cook, who was absent Week 17 following the loss of his father, Mattison got out to a slow start with eight yards over his first three attempts of the afternoon. He found a spark on Minnesota's fourth offensive drive, notching 25 yards on his first three touches of the possession before coasting 28 yards on a fourth-down catch-and-run to provide the first of five Viking TDs. The 22-year-old closes the season with 434 rushing yards and two touchdowns over 96 attempts. He garnered double-digit carries Weeks 5, 6, 9 and 17, but otherwise only twice exceeded six rush attempts in a game. Given that Cook agreed to a five-year, $63 million extension with Minnesota in September, Mattison remains an elite insurance policy as he heads into his third year under contract in 2021.
Mattison (concussion) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Mattison was out for Weeks 13 and 14 while he recovered from an appendectomy, and he then missed Week 16 while navigating the concussion protocol. He's now back for what likely will be his second start of the year, as Dalvin Cook will miss the game for personal reasons. Mattison managed just 30 total yards against Atlanta in his first start, but he draws an excellent matchup with the Lions in Week 17. Cook had 252 total yards and two scores when the Vikings beat the Lions in Week 9.
Mattison (concussion) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice.
Mattison maintained his same level of activity from Wednesday, suggesting he didn't make any further advancements through the NFL's five-step concussion protocol. With a return to full activity Friday along with clearance from an independent neurologist, Mattison would still be able to put himself on a path to suit up for Sunday's season finale versus the Lions. If active for the contest, Mattison would likely be thrust into a lead role out of the backfield with star tailback Dalvin Cook (personal) having already been ruled out for the contest.
Mattison (concussion) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Mattison's return to practice coincides with news that Dalvin Cook won't be able to play Week 17 as he tends to a personal matter. Of course, Mattison will have to work his way through the NFL's concussion protocol, but if he does, he's slated to lead the Vikings backfield Sunday in Detroit. Aside from Mattison, Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone are Minnesota's remaining available running backs.
Mattison (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday, putting him on track to start Sunday's game against Detroit in place of Dalvin Cook (personal), Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Between an appendectomy and now the concussion, Mattison has missed three of Minnesota's past four games. He'll have a nice chance to end the season on a high note if he's cleared from the concussion protocol, likely stepping in as the Vikings' lead back against a Lions defense that's given up the fourth-most rushing yards per game (135.5). The Vikings also have Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone in the backfield, but the two have combined for only 14 carries this season.
Mattison (concussion) has been ruled out for Friday's game in New Orleans.
Mattison sat out Weeks 13 and 14 due to an appendectomy, and upon his return this past Sunday against the Bears, he emerged from the contest with a concussion, which didn't allow him to practice this week. Until he does, he'll have made negligible progress through the protocol for head injuries. While Dalvin Cook will continue to lead the backfield, there may be some RB reps available for Ameer Abdullah, Mike Boone and C.J. Ham (quadriceps).
Mattison (concussion) missed practice Wednesday.
After sitting out two games due to an appendectomy, Mattison logged six snaps on offense and eight more on special teams in the Week 15 loss to the Bears, finishing with two touches for 15 yards from scrimmage. In the course of that contest, Mattison suffered a concussion, so he's now subject to the NFL's protocol for head injuries before he can suit up again. Because the Vikings are operating on a short week with a Friday matchup with the Saints on tap, Mattison seems unlikely to play Week 16, especially with no practice reps yet under his belt.
Mattison (concussion) wasn't spotted at the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Mattison was also listed as a non-participant in Tuesday's practice. The second-year back served as the top backup to Dalvin Cook in Week 15, but he suffered a concussion in the contest and will now need to clear the NFL's five-step protocol for head injuries before suiting up again. Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone could be needed as depth options Christmas Day against the Saints if Mattison is out for the contest.
Mattison was listed as a non-participant in Tuesday's practice due to a concussion.
After missing two games following an emergency appendectomy, Mattison returned to action for the Week 15 loss to the Bears and played a minor role behind lead back Dalvin Cook, finishing with one carry for one yard and a 14-yard reception over his six offensive snaps. Mattison appears to have picked up a concussion along the way, and he'll now have to clear the NFL's five-step protocol for head injuries in order to suit up Christmas Day against the Saints. If Mattison can't play, Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone would serve as the top depth options behind Cook.
Mattison (illness) is active Week 15 against the Bears.
Mattison has been sidelined back-to-back weeks, but a brief return to Thursday's session opened the door for the second-year back to jump back into action Week 15. There will remain legitimate questions about his usage, however, as Dalvin Cook is the unquestioned No. 1 back, and both Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone are active for the contest as well.
Mattison (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears.
A return to practice Thursday as a limited participant gives Mattison a shot to avoid his third straight absence. He had an appendectomy Dec. 5, after seeing just five carries and 22 snaps in a three-game stretch Weeks 10 through 12. The Vikings will likely give Dalvin Cook the vast majority of backfield work in a crucial game this week, regardless of Mattison's availability.
Mattison (illness) was a limited practice participant Thursday.
During the portion of the session open to the media, Mattison took part in stretching and individual drills, which was enough for him to get the limited tag on Thursday's injury report. He's missed the last two games after getting an appendectomy Dec. 5, but his presence at practice may indicate he won't make it three.
Mattison (appendectomy) went through stretches and individual drills during the open portion of Thursday's practice, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports.
Mattison's appearance at practice is his first since Dec. 4, as he required an emergency appendectomy a day later. The extent of the running back's participation Thursday won't be known until the Vikings release their second Week 15 practice report later in the day, but his presence on the field at least gives him an outside chance at returning from a two-game absence Sunday against the Bears.
Mattison (illness) didn't practice Wednesday.
Mattison underwent an appendectomy Dec. 5 and has missed two games in the process. With that in mind, it's no surprise he's unable to practice roughly a week and a half later. While Mattison has been sidelined, fellow backs Ameer Abdullah, Mike Boone and C.J. Ham have combined for 16 touches behind clear bell cow Dalvin Cook, who accrued a whopping 62.
Mattison (appendectomy) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.
Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah will be on hand for the tiny share of backfield work that doesn't go to Dalvin Cook, while Mattison will miss a second straight game after his Dec. 5 appendectomy.
Mattison (appendectomy) didn't practice Thursday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Mattison sat out the Vikings' Week 13 win over the Jaguars after undergoing appendix surgery this past Saturday. Following back-to-back missed practices Wednesday and Thursday, we'd be surprised if he ends up backing up Dalvin Cook on Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Mattison underwent a successful appendectomy Saturday and has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Jaguars, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Mattison's absence could be extended beyond Week 13. Browns tight end Austin Hooper notably missed two games earlier this season after undergoing an appendectomy. A more definitive timeline should be revealed when the Vikings start practicing during the upcoming week. For Sunday's matchup against the Jaguars, Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah figure to see more work behind lead back Dalvin Cook.
Mattison (illness) will not play in Sunday's matchup against the Jaguars, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Mattison has only played 22 snaps across the last three weeks, but this injury could test the Vikings' depth at running back, particularly with Dalvin Cook (ankle) a bit banged up throughout practice all week. Expect to see a little bit of Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah in an effort to spell Minnesota's top back.
Mattison had two carries for six yards in Sunday's win over Carolina.
Mattison played 12 snaps on offense as he was used on a series when Dalvin Cook was briefly sidelined with a sore ankle. Earlier in the season, it looked like he'd get a decent number of carries to take the load off Cook. However, Cook has received nearly every touch out of the backfield the last three games.
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|2||Sun 09/20||@ IND||L 11-28||3||13||0||1||3||0|
|3||Sun 09/27||vs TEN||L 30-31||8||27||0||0||0||0|
|4||Sun 10/04||@ HOU||W 31-23||7||17||1||0||0||0|
|5||Sun 10/11||@ SEA||L 26-27||20||112||0||3||24||0|
|6||Sun 10/18||vs ATL||L 23-40||10||26||0||1||4||0|
|8||Sun 11/01||@ GB||W 28-22||3||8||0||0||0||0|
|9||Sun 11/08||vs DET||W 34-20||12||69||0||0||0||0|
|10||Mon 11/16||@ CHI||W 19-13||2||4||0||0||0||0|
|11||Sun 11/22||vs DAL||L 28-31||1||6||0||0||0||0|
|12||Sun 11/29||vs CAR||W 28-27||2||6||0||0||0||0|
|13||Sun 12/06||@ MIN||L 24-27||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|14||Sun 12/13||@ TB||L 14-26||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|15||Sun 12/20||vs CHI||L 27-33||1||1||0||1||14||0|
|16||Fri 12/25||@ NO||L 33-52||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|17||Sun 01/03||@ DET||W 37-35||21||95||1||3||50||1|
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