Idle for second straight practice
Cook (shoulder) isn't present for Thursday's practice, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports.
The Vikings haven't definitively ruled Cook out from playing Sunday in Detroit, but the running back looks to be trending toward his third absence of the season while he recovers from a dislocation of his left shoulder. The injury isn't related to the right shoulder injuries that have dogged Cook at various points of his career, but his latest setback on the health front puts him at major risk of missing at least two games, as the Vikings face a quick turnaround for Week 14 with a Thursday matchup with the Steelers. Assuming Cook is officially ruled out ahead of Sunday's contest, Alexander Mattison will step into a lead role out of the Minnesota backfield and should be a strong option in weekly leagues against Detroit's 29th-ranked run defense.
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The Vikings activated Herndon (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.
Thielen expects to be ready for spring workouts after Dec. 28 ankle surgery, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "It's a pretty easy recovery, a few more weeks here and I should be feeling back to normal," he said.
Smith-Marsette recorded three catches on three targets for 103 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears.
Cousins completed 14 of 22 passes for 250 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears.
Jefferson recorded five receptions on seven targets for 107 yards in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears.
Cook rushed the ball 14 times for 79 yards in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears. He added one reception for three yards.
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Kendricks (illness) won't be available for Sunday's game against the Bears after the Vikings didn't reinstate him from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to Saturday's deadline for Week 18 roster moves, Will Ragatz of SI.com reports.
Mannion will return to a backup role for Sunday's season finale against the Bears after head coach Mike Zimmer said Kirk Cousins (illness) will reclaim starting duties following his return from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Minnesota activated Cousins (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday afternoon, shortly after head coach Mike Zimmer said Cousins will start Sunday's game against Chicago, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Cousins (illness) is on track to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Bears, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.