Is Dalvin Cook Playing in Week 3? (Fantasy Football Injury Updates)
Dalvin Cook continues to be one of the best running backs in real and fantasy football. One of the few remaining workhorse backs, Cook has carried the ball at least 20 times in each of the team’s first two games. However, in last weekend’s shootout against the Cardinals, Cook’s heavy usage resulted in an ankle injury. This ailment has sidelined him so far this week. So, is Cook going to suit up Week 3 against the Seahawks? Here’s the latest.
Dalvin Cook ‘unlikely’ to play on Sunday, per Schefter
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that running back Dalvin Cook (ankle) is “unlikely” to play against the Seahawks on Sunday.
Schefter cited various factors that suggested Cook would sit out, including the fact that he “didn’t practice all week, it’s early in season, and going into pre-game warmups it was considered ‘unlikely’ he plays.” This aligns with an earlier report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that suggested Cook would be extremely limited if he was even able to suit up.
What the Experts are Saying
Dalvin Cook appears to have escaped from last week’s matchup without a major injury and should be all systems go for this matchup against Seattle. Cook’s coming off of a 130 rushing yard performance himself and now gets to take on the defense that just run for 182 yards against them. Cook’s a top-tier option yet again for this matchup.
– Kyle Yates
A sprained ankle kept Cook out of practice, but Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer doesn’t seem concerned about Cook’s availability. The Seahawks would probably be grateful to face a top back at less than 100% capacity after being steamrolled by Derrick Henry in Week 2, allowing the big man to rack up 155 rushing yards and three TD runs, plus another 55 receiving yards. In fairness, the Seattle defense did a far better job of keeping the Colts’ Jonathan Taylor under control in Week 1.
– Pat Fitzmaurice
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