The already banged-up New York Jets were dealt two major blows in the second quarter of their Week 7 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, as running back Bilal Powell and Doug Middleton sustained injuries that will keep them out for the remainder of the afternoon.
Powell will not return due to a neck injury, while Middleton is out with a shoulder injury.
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With Powell out, Crowell, who is playing through an injury of his own, will shoulder the load out of the backfield.
Friday, October 19, 2018, 7:30pm
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook appeared ready to return to action when he practiced in full on Wednesday, but things quickly turned south, with Cook missing Thursday and Friday practices and being ruled out on Friday. That leaves Latavius Murray to again shoulder the load, this time against the Jets one week after going for 155 yards on 24 carries and scoring a touchdown.
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) missed practice Thursday after full reps Wednesday. Cook was initially reported as a full participant but the DNP is official, so he’s suddenly no longer on track to play in Week 7. If he’s out, Latavius Murray would once again carry the load as a fantasy RB2.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, who has missed three of the past four games with a hamstring strain, did not practice Thursday after being a full participant Wednesday. Cook dressed out but left practice during the portion open to the media.
After getting in a full practice Wednesday, we can only assume Cook suffered a setback sometime today. It's a frustrating situation that the Vikings should have avoided by resting the young star in the first place, but here we are. If Cook is healthy and plays, he is an RB1. If not, Latavius Murray is an RB2. Check back Friday for updates.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7:07pm
Enunwa has been quiet of late, catching only nine of 22 targets the last four games. After starting hot the first couple weeks, he's fallen all the way to 55th in wide receiver scoring. To get a read on how the Jets' will use wide receivers in Enunwa's absence, we can look back to snap counts from Week 8. In doing so, we see Enunwa left after 15 plays, giving Terrelle Pryor (44 snaps), Robby Anderson (53) and Jermaine Kearse (59) all a larger than average share of the work. Of the group, only Anderson has any real fantasy appeal, checking in as a mid-WR3 in our weekly ranks. Kearse slots as a WR4 with Pryor another tier or two below that.
Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was listed as a full participant at Wednesday practice.
Yet it's possible Kenny Golladay has been better than both of them in 2018.
And Golladay's emergence, with two really good players ahead of him, was one of the brightest developments of the first five weeks of season.
Golladay now has 27 catches, just one off his total from all last season. He has 428 yards, which is just 3 off Tate's team lead. And he's been the No. 1 threat downfield. He now has 55 catches for 905 yards and six touchdowns in 16 career games, which is better than both Calvin Johnson and Herman Moore. And he's done so while playing with better receivers than either of them, the story went on to say.
Dalvin Cook is again listed as questionable this Sunday. He was quoted as saying, "Me going out there 80 percent, 70 percent, I’m not going to be able to help my team like that. We got a bunch of guys that are 100 percent that can help the team win football games. At this point, it’s just me getting 100 percent so I can go out there and be who I am and that's be explosive."
Friday, October 12, 2018, 7:31pm
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps Friday and is questionable for Week 6. Cook was a full participant on Thursday so Friday’s practice is a downgrade. He told ESPN, "Me going out there 80 percent, 70 percent, I’m not going to be able to help my team like that. We got a bunch of guys that are 100 percent that can help the team win football games. At this point, it’s just me getting 100 percent so I can go out there and be who I am and that’s be explosive." This sounds like a player who is not sure that he’ll be out there on Sunday. The Vikings play early, so owners will need to be on their toes. If Cook is out, Latavius Murray would be ranked as a low-end RB2 in a great matchup against the Cardinals.
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:19pm
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. The upgrade indicates that he’s on track to play in a great matchup against the Cardinals. Hamstrings are tricky, but Cook is an RB2 in a favorable matchup.
According to ESPN's Field Yates, Dalvin Cook (hamstring) practiced in full today.
At 36.4 per game, nobody has allowed more fantasy points to running backs this year than the Vikings' Week 6 opponents, the Arizona Cardinals. They are also the worst rush defense according to our proprietary Adjusted Fantasy Points Against metric. Talk about a double whammy! If Minnesota fully unleashes Cook, he will be an elite RB1, but there is a chance they hold him back, especially if they get up big early. For those reasons, and due to the risk of re-injury, we consider him more of an RB2 with upside.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 7:46pm
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Cook is still iffy to play on Sunday, but it’s a good sign that he took limited reps today since he was a DNP last Wednesday and Thursday. This is an upgrade for him.
Unfortunately, the veteran running back won't have a chance to correct that situation anytime soon.
The team on Monday placed Ajayi on injured reserve, with NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reporting the 25-year-old tore his ACL, a setback that will end his season.
Ajayi was already dealing with a back injury, and no one seems sure when exactly he tore the ACL in the game with the Vikings. The Eagles are likely going to have a make a move for another back. Clement was active in Week 5, but only in an emergency situation. Smallwood got a lot of snaps but likely won't be the answer for the rest of the season. However, perhaps for the immediate future, Clement and Smallwood could split carries. Of course if Clement can't go, Smallwood and Adams could see work.
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