Dalvin Cook injury update: thinks are looking up for the Minnesota Vikings star running back. Early in the season, Cook was playing extremely well for the NFC runner-up. However, an early October torn ACL derailed his rookie year.
On October 1, Cook went down with the injury in the third quarter of the team’s eventual loss to the Detroit Lions. He finished the season with 74 attempts for 354 yards and two touchdowns. Cook also caught 11 passes for 90 yards. He broke Adrian Peterson’s Vikings record for yardage by a rookie in his debut, with 127 on 22 carries against the Saints.
He had 66 yards and a score against the Lions when he went down. The Vikings wound up losing 14-7. He had surgery just over a week later.
Minnesota wound up recovering pretty well, capturing home field advantage in the playoffs and making a run to the NFC title game. The team has since added Kirk Cousins. If he is even just as good as Case Keenum was at quarterback last season, the Vikes are going to be legit once again.
If Cook is healthy and gets back on track, that is even more likely. The latest update out of Minnesota is pointing in that direction.
Minnesota’s trainer says this Dalvin Cook injury rehab is going extremely well.
Cook has even started doing some work on the field this month. From ProFootballTalk:
Cook has done some work on the field since offseason workouts began April 16, and Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said Cook has “knocked the rehab out of the park.”
“He’s done great job,” Sugarman said. “He’s been here every day since the injury occurred, post-surgery and really hasn’t missed a beat. . . . He’s been here with a smile on his face every day. Really just to give him the credit because he’s put in all the work to get to the point to where he is.”
If he had stayed healthy, Cook looked to be on pace to rival the rookie seasons put forth by star backs Alvin Kamara and Leonard Fournette. The injury was definitely a setback, but he still has a chance to reenter that discussion.
Dalvin Cook was taken in the second round by the Vikings a year ago. At Florida State, he rushed for 4,464 yards and 46 touchdowns in three seasons, and added another 935 yards and two scores through the air.