Dalvin Prepare dinner harm replace: Vikings RB 'unlikely' to play Week 3; Alexander Mattison in line to begin
Mike Zimmer appeared assured on Friday that Dalvin Prepare dinner would have an opportunity to play within the Vikings’ Week 3 matchup with the Seahawks. He stated that Prepare dinner was “doing a lot better” whereas coping with a sprained ankle, and he thought that Prepare dinner would be capable to play regardless of sitting out of shape for a lot of the week.
“If you happen to’re asking about Dalvin, I believe Dalvin can [play],” Zimmer stated, per ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.
Nevertheless, issues modified over the weekend. Now, ESPN’s Adam Schefter experiences that Prepare dinner is “unlikely” to swimsuit up for Minnesota towards Seattle.
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Prepare dinner suffered the ankle harm through the Vikings’ 34-33 loss to the Cardinals in Week 2. He was clearly hobbled within the second half and struggled to do a lot after struggling the harm. So, the Vikings are enjoying it protected with Prepare dinner, who missed 21 video games as a result of harm through the first 4 seasons of his NFL profession,
This is not a significant shock; the Vikings hinted at this risk by signing working again Ameer Abdullah from their observe squad on Saturday. He was added to function the backup behind Prepare dinner’s handcuff, Alexander Mattison, who is predicted to be Minnesota’s beginning working again.
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Mattison has appeared in 28 video games for the Vikings with two begins since he was a third-round choice within the 2019 NFL Draft. He has averaged a strong 4.5 yards per carry throughout his profession and 87.5 yards and a landing per recreation in his two begins, which each got here final 12 months when Prepare dinner was out of motion.
Mattison has simply 4 carries for 13 yards this season, however he’ll see a a lot heavier workload towards the Seahawks. Prepare dinner averaged 25 touches per recreation in his first two outings of the season. Mattison may see 20-plus touches due to that.
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That is very true for the reason that Vikings haven’t got a lot depth at working again. Abdullah has simply 19 touches in his final 18 video games whereas neither AJ Rose nor Jake Bargas — two observe squad working backs — have NFL carries underneath their belts.
As such, do not be shocked if Mattison has an enormous day. The Seahawks have allowed 162.5 speeding yards per recreation, good for the second-most within the NFLF behind solely the Chiefs. That would make him a pleasant streaming choice for fantasy soccer house owners this week; and definitely, he can be a big-time goal on the fantasy soccer waiver wire in Week 3.