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Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook ruled a game-time decision for Week 3

Glendale, Arizona, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) runs the ball against the Arizona Cardinals in the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will be a game-time decision in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks.

Cook didn’t practice all week with an ankle ailment and was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Friday that he did not know if Cook would play.

“We’ll see on Sunday,” Zimmer said.

If Cook can’t play, Alexander Mattison would see an uptick in carries in Minnesota’s backfield. The Vikings also have Ameer Abdullah and A.J. Rose on their practice squad. The team has until Saturday at 4 p.m. to elevate Abdullah or Rose to the active roster.


PFF's Mario Pilato: I believe Cook has a high-ankle sprain. I wouldn’t be shocked if he didn’t play, but if he does, I think he will be hindered by the ankle. Click here to explore PFF's weekly injury report of all notable injuries.


Cook ranks 27th in PFF grade (65.7) among running backs through the first two weeks of the 2021 NFL season. He’s totaled 191 yards and a score on his 42 carries. Click here to explore PFF's NFL player grades.

Cook is the consensus RB2 in PFF’s Week 3 PPR rankings. He ranks third in our projections (19.3) PPR points. Click here to find PFF's 2021 fantasy projections.


With Cook questionable, Minnesota is a 1.5-point underdog at home against Seattle. PFF’s NFL betting dashboard sees value on the Seahawks at that figure. Click here to explore PFF's betting dashboard, which makes projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline and over/under.

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