Vikings confirm Dalvin Cook has torn ACL

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The Vikings weren’t expecting good news on rookie running back Dalvin Cook, and they didn’t get it.

Coach Mike Zimmer just told reporters that Cook indeed suffered a torn ACL yesterday, and will be out for the rest of the season.

The second-round pick had already proven himself an integral part of the Vikings offense, as they were willing to put a heavy load on him already. He had 74 carries for 354 yards and two touchdowns already this season, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

Now, the Vikings will have to rely on free agent pickup Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon, and likely have to add someone from outside to supplement a thin backfield.

73 responses to “Vikings confirm Dalvin Cook has torn ACL

  1. Just typical Viking luck…..lose our starting QB for now, and Cook has been an absolute stud.
    Our D is formidable. Had 3 TOs by offense that cost the Detroit game…..Keenum missed a handful of receivers and made a terrible audible that caused our line to block left, instead of right-got sacked for 12 yard loss on 3rd and goal on 3. He was bad. Bradford plays, we win that one pretty easily. The defense had 6 freaking sacks and held Stafford to 209 yards. Xavier Rhodes is an absolute stud and shutdown corner.

    I feel sorry for Trubisky next Monday night.

  2. Bummer, not to mention that Murray looked like he was running in sand and McKinnon has a bad ankle (when he’s not fumbling or dropping passes). In the unlikely event that AP is somehow reunited with this team due to these injuries, my head is going to explode.

  3. This young man is the real deal. Hopefully he can rehab ans come back strong. Vikings need to look at the turf in their new stadium. There has only been a handful of games played there (10 I believe) but at least 3 knee ACL that come to mind.

  4. Really hope he bounces back even better. Feel bad for the kid, he was getting his feet wet and looking good doing it. Praying for a speedy recovery and a long, healthy career.

  5. With all of those windows, can they grow real grass in that stadium? Someone do me a favor and put it on the next Vikings Owners Board Meeting agenda… before I lose my effing mind!

  6. Heal up, Dalvin. This Eagles fan was bummed to see the Vikings jump in front of my team and scoop you up. Small consolation was that I was able to draft you on my fantasy team. We loved watching you play, man. Can’t wait to see you back!

  7. Tough break for Cook and the Vikings. I’m starting to wonder about that turf.

    It’s hard to see the Vikings having much of a running game for the rest of the season. Murray has been underwhelming when he’s had chances, and Mckinnon can’t break any tackles. Honestly, their best RB going forward might be C.J. Ham.

    This team either needs Bradford or Bridgewater to get back on the field ASAP.

  8. There has been a crazy amount of ACL tears in recent years. Do we think players are training to hard?

  9. That’s tough, man I thought being a Lion’s fan was the worst!

    As desperate Lion’s fans, we are still waiting for our first playoff win since ’91 and our second in the past six decades!!

  10. wow.obviously I’m not a Vikings fan but it just seems like their luck is horrible.this guy seemed like a pretty good player and I hate to see that happen because it lessens the quality of the league as a whole.a good player is fun to watch even if I don’t cheer for his team.

  11. there must be someone out there who can help. I know great running backs don’t come along everyday but I keep hearing how the position has been devalued and you can find good backs in later rounds. there must be someone out there on a practice squad or on the street who can do a passable job. Good luck DC, we are pulling for you.

  12. Vikes lose Bridgewater & Peterson last year
    They lose Bradford & Cook this year

    I realize every team has injuries, but you remove the starting QB & RB off any team & that team is gonna have a very difficult time winning games!

    Think about it…
    Green Bay: no Rodgers & Montgomery
    Pittsburgh: no Big Ben & Bell
    Atlanta: no Ryan or Freeman
    Oakland: no Carr & Lynch
    Cowboys: no Dak or Zeke
    Rams: no Goff & Gurley
    Carolina: no Cam or Stewart

    On and on….they all would struggle mightily!

  13. Man. As a huge Viking fan I can’t believe how many injuries we always have. Between injuries and the refs always being against us, I don’t know how we’re going to win many games this year.

  14. The Vikings offense looked bad after Cook went down. I knew he was an important 3 down back but didn’t realize how important. Even after Bradford went down their offense still looked decent.

  15. So 3 years as a workhorse at FSU, no major issues. Of course, they practiced and played on natural grass. Less than a couple months on turf and…. .poof! I’m not blaming turf, but that crap is so soft and forgiving. Too spongy. Of course those companies will argue. No way to determine either way. Nothing better than grass and outdoor FB. Vikes gave up both back in 82 and how many trips to the Super Bowl since????

  16. Best wishes from Packer nation. Never want to see someone get hurt, even if they play for a hated division rival. Hopefully he’ll be back to full strength next season.

  17. It’s a loss but it isn’t. Too many Vikings fans forget we signed Murray before we drafted Cook. We’ll be fine, Murray will be just fine. Skol

  18. This is the third time in Zimmer’s four years that the Vikings have lost both their starting quarterback and #1 running back early in the season. It’s getting to be a bit too much to take. The one year they had both positions all season they won the division.

  19. They should make a trade with Denver for DeAngelo Henderson. The Broncos do not seem to like him even though he was their best RB through pre season. He looks like he could be a beast

  20. the curse of blair walsh…ie the blair witch project…continues

    after the walsh missed FG in the playoffs vs seatt, we have had

    1. t-bridge injury
    2. coach zim eye issues
    3. bradford knee injury
    4. cook acl

  21. Confirmed my worst fear for him. Sorry to see this. I hope he bounces back from it. I hate to see this for anyone. Packers vs Vikings is going to be a game of back ups and bang ups on both teams.

  22. We won’t miss him when my Pack plays the Vikings twice yet this year, if I was watching that is, but this is tough. The Pack have had their share of injuries the last several years, so we know how it feels. Hope to see you next year at full strength, your a great player. Go Pack!

  23. Those asking for AP back apparently have’t seen his production over the past 2 years…

    Wayyyyy ahead to go UDFA or poach a practice squad player.

  24. vikingjack73 says:
    October 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm
    Vikes lose Bridgewater & Peterson last year
    They lose Bradford & Cook this year

    I realize every team has injuries, but you remove the starting QB & RB off any team & that team is gonna have a very difficult time winning games!

    Think about it…
    Green Bay: no Rodgers & Montgomery
    Pittsburgh: no Big Ben & Bell
    Atlanta: no Ryan or Freeman
    Oakland: no Carr & Lynch
    Cowboys: no Dak or Zeke
    Rams: no Goff & Gurley
    Carolina: no Cam or Stewart

    On and on….they all would struggle mightily!

    ——

    Are you really comparing Teddy (14Tds per season) Bridgewater to the rest of those legitimate starting QBs? Really?

  25. Vaunted Vikings D?

    It’s the 3rd best one in the Division per nfl.com team stats.

    Chicago and GREEN BAY both rank several spots higher overall…..

  26. As a Packer fan, I an truly sorry for the loss. Nobody wants to play a team without their full strength. Get well, DC. I’m sure you’ll come back better and stronger.

  27. The worst possible imaginable thing that could’ve happened to the Vikings is losing Dalvin to injury, and here we are. Sigh, hope Teddy can come back so we can figure out next year but without Dalvin that offense is very predictable and will not win many games. The D is very good and will win us some games but can kiss the playoffs goodbye

  28. The team stats are broken down by numerous categories, you didn’t specify for a reason I’m sure. It’s not by Pts for sure since GB and CHI have given up more pts per game avg than the vikes. If you’re going by yards then see below.

    This early in the year it’s the smell test that matters:
    The Vikings played 4 high powered offenses in Det, TB, NO, and PIT and held their best offensive weapons to pedestrian numbers while GB played Chi (who is going to start their rookie this week due to ineffective offense, Cin (who hadn’t scored a TD in previous two weeks but hung 3 on GB), Seattle who didn’t find a TD in either of their first two games and has a crap OL, and ATL who hung 34 pts on GB. Chicago meanwhile has allowed 27 pts per game, if that’s your measure for a good defense then you have problems.

    Losing Delvin will be a big blow, but if Murray knocks the rust off it needn’t be a season ending one for the Vikes, still 2-2 with the Bears coming to town and Michael Ffloyd becoming available to play.

  29. As a football fan, this sucks. He looked fantastic. As a Raider fan, let me warn the Viking fans that you had better be prepared to be severely disappointed in Murray. He looks slower than he was in Oakland and even behind that great line, he averaged almost 2 ypc than Richard and Washington. He looks like Tarzan and runs like Jane. 3ypc is about right for him behind a lesser line.

  30. I think most football fans knew this when they saw the injury. KNees don’t move like that. Heal help completely Dalvin. The Vikings got Murray for a reason.

  31. Everyone…PLEASE STOP with the Adrian garbage! He is NOT coming back! He is a former MVP caliber RB who can’t see that his best days are behind him. He does not fit our offense any longer, and we did let him go for a reason. Let it go people.

  32. As a Viking fan, I want to thank the Packer fans (and others) for their kind words and best wishes regarding Cook’s injury. It’s never good to wish for or celebrate the injury of any player on any team. Next man up…let’s go Latavius.

  33. In Teddy We Trust says:
    October 2, 2017 at 12:53 pm
    This is the third time in Zimmer’s four years that the Vikings have lost both their starting quarterback and #1 running back early in the season. It’s getting to be a bit too much to take. The one year they had both positions all season they won the division.

    ——-

    I feel for Zim. He was a great defensive coordinator and for whatever reason it took him years to get a head coaching position. When he finally did he appears to be snake bitten. I still think he is a good coach but may still end up losing his job because injuries to key positions keep sabotaging his seasons.

  34. You really oughta get some experts in to look at that turf. Lots of knee injuries there and it also seems really hard for Vike kickers to make chip shot field goals and extra points.

  35. Lions fan here, hated to see the injury. You could tell the way he went down pre-contact that it was bad. The fumble was also a turning point in the game.

    Sorry Vikes fans 😦

  36. I really hate this. One of my favorite Noles ever, and he was showing people what they passed on. About the only bright side is that Minnesota was going to wear him out with the load they had put on him through the first month of season, so hopefully they’ll get someone who can take at least a few carries from his load when he comes back next year.

  37. AP makes the most sense. Not Happy with his role in New Orleans and his contract is cheap. Problem is that Saints probably wont take less than a 4th or maybe a 5th round pick next year. He probably wants to retire a Viking anyway.

  38. There is no team as cursed with injuries as the Vikings are. I’d be curious to see what Zimmer could do with a full season with no injuries. The last two things were looking up and then he lost all of his key players.

  39. Packer fan here – hate to see this happen. Cook looks like a great talent and hate to see an injury like this. Hope to see Cook and Bridgewater healthy next yeat

  40. This is a shame. Honestly.
    Talented kid with a bright future.
    Hope he rebounds quickly.

    But, all I can do is picture Speildope on his abacus trying to figure out just how many future draft picks he can mortgage for a ball carrying band-aid.

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