Dalvin Cook Could Participate in Training Camp After Rehabbing Knee Injury

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2018

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) runs from Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, rear, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
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Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook tore his ACL just four games into his rookie season, but he is on track to be back on the field as a full participant for training camp, according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

"Really, Dalvin's knocked the rehab out of the park," athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said Tuesday. "He's done a great job. He's been here every day since the injury occurred post-surgery. ... He'll participate in (organized team activities and minicamp) on a limited basis. ... Then the plan is for him, hopefully when he gets to training camp...he'll be a participant just like everybody else."

Cook first suffered the injury on Oct. 1, which was the team's Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions. While the early injury ruined his season, it could allow him back on the field sooner.

Sugarman was optimistic about the player's recovery in March, telling head coach Mike Zimmer "he'll be good as new, better," per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

The running back has already "been doing some work on the field" during the team's spring drills, per Tomasson.

Minnesota drafted Cook in the second round of the 2017 draft, and he immediately became the featured option in the backfield. He totaled 354 rushing yards, 90 receiving yards and two total touchdowns in just four games last season.

Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon replaced him in the backfield to keep the offense afloat, helping the team reach the NFC Championship Game, but it's clear Cook is a superior talent when healthy. McKinnon also left in free agency to sign with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason.

If Cook is even close to 100 percent by September, he should once again be an every-down option for the Vikings as they try to bring home a Super Bowl title.

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