This isn't necessarily all that surprising, given that their first depth chart came out before Latavius Murray was cleared to practice, but Cook is listed as the Vikings' No. 1 running back heading into the preseason. Still, all signs point towards Cook being the guy right out of the gate. The Vikings expect to have Murray back at full speed by Week 1, potentially giving Cook a full training camp and preseason with the first-team offense. Attempting to get a read on a player's strengths at training camp is a less-than-exact science, but camp-watchers have been high on the rookie for a while.
Latavius Murray, Vikings running back (↑ UP)
Murray is finally getting back to work. The Vikings removed him from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list Monday, five months after he underwent surgery to repair a nagging foot injury. His presence is unlikely to change the conversation surrounding Cook too much -- Murray has never been particularly flashy as a workhorse back -- but his goal-line prowess adds some much-needed punch to the Vikings' ground game. He scored 12 touchdowns last season, nine of which came from inside the five-yard line, and ranked fourth on Pro Football Focus' list of the league's best pass-blocking backs.
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Lindsay Whalen, Lynx guard (↓ DOWN)
Whalen is out indefinitely after breaking a bone in her hand last week in a win over the Atlanta Dream. The playoffs begin on Sept. 7, while injuries of this nature often take around a month to heal. You do the math.
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Brian Dozier, Twins second baseman (↑ UP)
Believe it or not, that was Dozier's first career grand slam and the first grand salami hit by a Twins player this year. He mashed one to the opposite field Tuesday night, busting the Twins' win over the Brewers wide open with Minnesota trailing 4-3. They never looked back, winning 11-4 after hitting five home runs.
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The Twins placed Mejia on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a left arm brachialis strain. That's the muscle between your biceps and your triceps that controls the flexing of your elbow joint. Seems like a bad place to strain something if you're a pitcher.
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Andrew Wiggins, Wolves forward (↑ UP)
Wolves owner Glen Taylor says he's ready to offer Wiggins a max extension. That's five years and roughly $150 million for the 22-year-old Canadian, who averaged 23.6 points per game last season. Regardless of your thoughts on his defense or his tendency towards hero ball, locking down your young players is important, and Wiggins is about to become a very, very wealthy guy.
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The Olympic men's hockey tournament (↓ DOWN)
Not only is the NHL holding its own players out of the Olympics, but the league confirmed Monday that any player signed to an NHL contract will be prohibited from playing in PyeongChang. That leaves head coach Tony Granato with around 200 Americans competing outside the U.S. to choose from, as well as a host of college players and the handful of productive AHLers who aren't on NHL contracts.