Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has decided to practice with no brace on his surgically repaired left knee. He told the Pioneer Press that he chose to test the knee without a brace before camp and got a thumbs up from the training staff to go ahead. Cook tore the ACL in that knee in Week 4 last season but appears to be back to full strength heading into the 2018 season.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) is on track to be a full-go for training camp, according to head trainer Eric Sugarman. "Dalvin’s knocked the rehab out of the park,” Sugarman said. “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 will be nearly 10 months removed from his torn ACL when training camp opens and more than 11 months removed when the regular season kicks off. Barring a setback, he should be ready for lead-back duties come Week 1.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer confirmed on Monday that RB Dalvin Cook has a torn ACL. It sounds like that was the only damage, which is relatively good news. Cook is done for the 2017 season, but the timing of the injury gives him a good chance to be back to 100% for the start of the 2018 campaign. Of course, durability will continue to be a concern. He has 3 shoulder surgeries and a hamstring injury in his past.
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