Player News - Vikings

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Kyle Rudolph caught just 1-of-4 targets for 16 yards in the Vikings' Week 7 win over the Jets.

Rudolph has been held below 50 yards in 5-of-7 games and hasn't scored since Week 3. However, he remains a TE1 at a weak position going into a potential shootout next week at home against a bad Saints defense.
Oct 21 - 5:12 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said CB Xavier Rhodes suffered an ankle sprain in Week 7 against the Jets.

This is good news after Rhodes had to be carried off the field. Rhodes could miss multiple weeks if he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain, but his season isn't in jeopardy.
Oct 21 - 5:03 PM

Stefon Diggs caught 8-of-14 targets for 33 yards in the Vikings' Week 7 win over the Jets.

Adam Thielen hung a 9-110-1 day up on 10 targets while Diggs struggled in Morris Claiborne's coverage much of the afternoon. Diggs was getting targets close to the line of scrimmage and had trouble getting anything after the catch. The 14 targets were his second-most of the season. Diggs will look to get back on track next week in a home game against the Saints. The last time he saw them, in the playoffs, Diggs became a legend with the Minnesota Miracle.
Oct 21 - 5:03 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 25-of-40 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' Week 7 win over the Jets.

It was a struggle much of the day as both offenses really had trouble moving the ball. At one point, both teams were a combined 0-for-12 on third downs. Cousins, however, did throw a 34-yard touchdown to Adam Thielen on the opening drive before then hitting Aldrick Robinson for a second 34-yard score in the fourth quarter. Both were dimes from Cousins in tight coverage. Cousins will look to get back on track with big numbers next week against the Saints at home.
Oct 21 - 4:57 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 15 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' Week 7 win over the Jets.

He added two catches for 14 yards on a pair of targets. Murray's first score was an 11-yard scamper up the middle, and the second was an untouched run through the left side from 38 yards away. With Dalvin Cook still struggling to get healthy, Murray has emerged as a strong RB2 with reliable workloads. If Cook sits again, Murray will again be in play Week 8 against the Saints.
Oct 21 - 4:52 PM

Adam Thielen caught 9-of-10 targets for 110 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' 37-17, Week 7 win over the Jets.

Thielen got the scoring started with a 34-yard touchdown on the opening drive, beating backup-turned-starter CB Darryl Roberts as he was falling away in the end zone. With his seventh-straight 100-yard game to open the season, Thielen has set a new record. Thielen is an obvious elite WR1 and will be involved in a potential shootout next week at home against the Saints.
Oct 21 - 4:34 PM

Vikings LG Tom Compton exited Week 7 against the Jets with a knee injury.

Compton has started all seven games and played every snap before getting rolled up in pass pro. Sophomore Danny Isidora is in at left guard.
Oct 21 - 1:42 PM

Vikings declared RB Dalvin Cook, S Andrew Sendejo, DE Everson Griffen, DT Linval Joseph, OT Riley Reiff, LB Devante Downs, and QB Kyle Sloter inactive for Week 7 against the Jets.

No surprises in this group. Latavius Murray will get the nod at running back against the Jets and is a locked-in RB2 play.
Oct 21 - 11:44 AM

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 7 against the Jets.

This was expected after Cook was held out of Thursday's practice. Cook's had multiple setbacks with his hamstring injury, so he's not a lock to be back next week. Latavius Murray will make another start in Cook's place.
Oct 19 - 1:39 PM

Updating an earlier item, Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was officially "DNP" on Thursday.

Alrighty then. The "DNP" designation comes less than an hour after coach Mike Zimmer appeared to say Cook was "not limited" on Thursday. What he actually meant was that the running back did not even get in a limited session. Cook's status is now genuinely up in the air. Hopefully the Vikings were just managing his reps. Cook's Friday listing will tell the story of his Week 7 status.
Oct 18 - 4:29 PM

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) remained "full" in Thursday's practice.

A reporter caused a mini-Twitter furor when he posted that Cook had "left" practice, but it was not anything out of the ordinary. We have been conditioned to expect Cook setbacks, but this was not one of them. He will be back against the Jets. Cook is a risk/reward RB2 in an ugly running back landscape.
Oct 18 - 3:53 PM

Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is practicing in full for Week 7 against the Jets.

Cook was a surprise inactive last week but appears to be on track for Sunday's game in East Rutherford. With Cook's hamstring giving him problems—he's already had one setback—it's hard for fantasy owners to start him with any kind of confidence. Latavius Murray fared well in Cook's absence last week (24 carries for 155 yards and a touchdown), though he's also been inconsistent. Only four teams have averaged fewer rushing yards per game than Minnesota this year.
Oct 17 - 5:27 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Vikings CB Mike Hughes suffered a torn ACL in Week 6 against the Cardinals.

It's terrible news after Hughes had started to take off over the last three weeks. He's now headed for injured reserve. The first round pick will finish with 22 tackles and an interception over three starts before going down. Mackensie Alexander will pick up Hughes' snaps.
Oct 14 - 5:05 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught four passes for 37 yards in Week 6 against the Cardinals.

It's another standard Rudolph game. Rudolph has just two touchdowns this season and hasn't scored since Week 3. He'll be a back-end TE1 against the Jets in Week 7.
Oct 14 - 5:02 PM

Stefon Diggs caught 3-of-5 passes for 33 yards in Week 6 against the Cardinals.

Diggs took a backseat to Adam Thielen, who accounted for over half of Kirk Cousins' yards. The five targets were the lowest he's seen all year. Diggs should rebound in a matchup with the Jets in Week 7.
Oct 14 - 4:56 PM


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