Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, bothered by an ankle injury, was listed as questionable on Friday for Sunday’s game against Seattle at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Cook sat out practices on Wednesday and Thursday with the injury suffered in last Sunday’s 34-33 loss at Arizona. During the 20 minutes of practice open to the media on Friday indoors at the TCO Performance Center, Cook went through stretching and then left the field with his helmet in his hand. However, Vikings Mike Zimmer said afterward that Cook did end up doing “some” work in practice.
“He’s doing much better,” Zimmer said.
Zimmer, though, declined to say if Cook will play against the Seahawks, saying, “I don’t know. We’ll see on Sunday.” He said Cook is the type of player who could play in a game after having little practice time during the week.
“If you’re asking about Dalvin, I think Dalvin can, yeah,” Zimmer said.
The Vikings on Friday ruled out linebacker Anthony Barr (knee) and tackle Christian Darrisaw (groin), who both will miss a third straight game, and cornerback Harrison Hand (hamstring), who will miss a second straight game. Barr said Thursday he had hoped to play but Zimmer said the Vikings are being cautious with him.
Before being ruled out, Hand was activated Friday off the COVID-19 reserve list. He had been placed on it Wednesday with what Zimmer called a “close contact.” Hand only did work on the side at Friday’s practice.
Darrisaw, a rookie taken with the No. 23 pick in the first round, had only done individual in practice until getting some team reps this week. Zimmer said he’s making progress.
“It’s a process,” Zimmer said. “Took some team reps this week, got about three reps a period. Next week, we’ll get him going a little bit more and we’ll see where he’s at.”
Returning to action Sunday will be defensive end Everson Griffen, who sat out against the Cardinals due to a concussion. He was not listed on the injury report.
Depth at tight end
The Vikings still don’t have a catch this season from a reserve tight end.
In the first two games, Tyler Conklin has six catches for 56 yards. He took over as the starter after Irv Smith Jr. was lost for the season with a knee injury suffered in the final preseason game.
After Conklin, Chris Herndon has two targets without a catch in 24 snaps in two games and Ben Ellefson had no targets in 16 snaps in his first Minnesota game last Sunday at Arizona. Hernon was acquired Aug. 31 from the New York Jets and Ellefson claimed off waivers Sept. 1 from Jacksonville.
“They’re going to have a decent role (against Seattle), and they did last week,’’ Zimmer said of the reserve tight ends. “But they’re learning, but they’re fine.”
Vikings guard Ezra Cleveland, who grew up in the Seattle area, will get offensive snaps for the first time Sunday against his hometown team. He played only on special teams last year at Seattle. “I think he’s played fine,” Mike Zimmer said of Cleveland, ranked by Pro Football Focus as the NFL’s 10th-best guard in the first two weeks, “I think last week he played really well.” … The Vikings are expected Saturday to elevate running back Ameer Abdullah off the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday’s game.