Dec 20, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) runs the ball in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Vikings RB Cook out vs. Lions after father dies

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will not play in his team’s regular-season finale this weekend after his father passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, multiple media outlets reported.

Dalvin Cook returned home to Miami after learning that James Cook died at the age of 46, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The elder Cook reportedly had been suffering from complications of diabetes.

Dalvin Cook leads the NFL with 1,918 yards from scrimmage.

His 1,557 rushing yards rank second behind Tennessee Titans All-Pro Derrick Henry (1,777), while his 16 rushing touchdowns are tied with New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara for the most in the league.

Cook, 25, also has 44 receptions for 361 yards and a touchdown while playing in 14 games this season for the Vikings (6-9), who visit the Detroit Lions (5-10) on Sunday.

Cook has rushed for 3,661 yards with 33 touchdowns and has 148 catches for 1,275 yards and three scores in 43 career games. He was selected by Minnesota in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Oct 11, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) rushes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings RB Cook (adductor) ruled out for Sunday

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will not play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Friday.

The NFL rushing leader strained an adductor muscle in last Sunday’s loss in Seattle and has not practiced all week.

Minnesota has a bye week following their game against the Falcons, which gives Cook additional time to recover before a Nov. 1 NFC North showdown with the Packers in Green Bay.

Cook, 25, leads the league with 489 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns through five games.

The Vikings will turn to second-year back Alexander Mattison to make his first career start Sunday at home against the winless Falcons.

Mattison, 22, replaced Cook and ran for 112 yards on 20 carries in the 27-26 loss to the Seahawks. He also caught three passes for 24 yards.

Also out for the Vikings on Sunday: cornerback Kris Boyd (hamstring), return specialist K.J. Osborn (hamstring) and guard Dru Samia (wrist).

–Field Level Media

Oct 11, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) rushes against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Vikings RB Cook has abductor strain

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has an abductor strain, making his status for Week 6 uncertain, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Cook was injured on the Vikings’ first drive of the second half Sunday night in their loss to Seattle. Cook returned briefly later in the third quarter but sat out the remainder of the game.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that the MRI on Cook “went pretty well” and that the team will see how Cook does this week in practice.

The Vikings host the 0-5 Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and have a bye the following week.

Alexander Mattison replaced Cook on Sunday and rushed for 112 yards on 20 carries. He also caught three passes for 24 yards in the loss. Mattison would get the start if Cook is unable to go against the Falcons.

Cook had 65 yards rushing against the Seahawks and remains the NFL’s rushing leader with 489 yards and seven touchdowns. He signed a five-year, $63 million extension last month with $28 million in guaranteed money.

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Aug 18, 2020; Eagan, Minnesota, United States; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) hands the ball off to running back Dalvin Cook (33) at training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

RB Cook, Vikings agree to extension worth reported $63M

The Minnesota Vikings and Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook agreed to terms on a contract extension, the team announced Saturday.

The Vikings didn’t release contract terms, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero said it is a five-year, $63 million deal that includes a guarantee of more than $28 million.

Last month, contract talks broke off between the two sides as Cook entered the final year of the four-year, $6.35 million contract he signed after the Vikings selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The extension ensures that Cook won’t have to play under the franchise tag in 2021.

Also Saturday, Rapoport said, the New Orleans Saints and Alvin Kamara came to terms on a five-year extension with $75 million in new money and a $15 million signing bonus. The market price at the position was reset this offseason when Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers signed a four-year, $64 million contract extension.

McCaffrey was a first-round selection in 2017, and the Saints selected Kamara in the third round.

Cook, 25, played a career-high 14 games last season, rushing for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had 53 receptions out of the backfield while earning Pro Bowl honors. He missed the final two games of the regular season with a shoulder injury.

He was limited by injuries to 15 games in his first two seasons combined. He tore his left ACL in his rookie season and was placed on injured reserve after four games. He missed time due to a hamstring injury in 2018.

–Field Level Media

Aug 18, 2020; Eagan, Minnesota, United States; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) hands the ball off to running back Dalvin Cook (33) at training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Contract talks stall between Vikings, RB Cook

Talks between the Minnesota Vikings and running back Dalvin Cook on a long-term contract extension have broken off, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

The network’s Tom Pelissero said the talks could resume later, but for now, Cook will be playing this season on the final year of the four-year, $6.35 million contract he signed after the Vikings selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Cook said last week that he is concentrating on the season and not his contract. He is due to earn $1.33 million.

“Just letting those guys take as much time as they can and get this thing worked out and get a reasonable thing done for me that I’m worth on and off the field,” he said, per NFL.com.

Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers, a first-round selection in the same draft, signed a four-year, $64 million contract extension in the offseason and will become the league’s highest-paid running back when the deal kicks in ahead of the 2021 season.

If the Vikings and Cook can’t come to a contract agreement, they could use the franchise tag on him in 2021.

Cook, 25, played a career-high 14 games last season, rushing for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had 53 receptions out of the backfield while earning Pro Bowl honors. He missed the final two games of the regular season with a shoulder injury.

He was limited by injuries to 15 games in his first two seasons combined. He tore his left ACL in his rookie season and was placed on injured reserve after four games. He missed time due to a hamstring injury in 2018.

–Field Level Media