Dalvin Cook's Knee Injury Diagnosed as Torn ACL, Will Undergo Surgery

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 1: Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings walks into the locker room after getting injured on a play in the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions on October 1, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings confirmed on Monday that rookie running back Dalvin Cook suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's 14-7 loss against the Detroit Lions and will undergo surgery.

"I expect him to come back and be the same that he was," head coach Mike Zimmer said during a press conference.

The injury will end a promising season for Cook. The 22-year-old had established himself as one of the focal points of Minnesota's offense, rushing 74 times for 354 yards and two touchdowns and adding 11 catches for 90 yards. He was an early candidate for Rookie of the Year.

He suffered the non-contact injury in the third quarter on a run play up the middle of the field. As he attempted to make a cut to the right, his left knee gave out, and he immediately reached for it, fumbling the ball. 

With Cook out for the season, the Vikings will turn to Latavius Murray in the backfield. The former Oakland Raider signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Vikings this offseason. Murray rushed for 1,854 yards and 18 touchdowns between the 2015-16 seasons with Oakland.

Jerick McKinnon will play a larger role for the team in Cook's absence as well.