Vikings turn to Latavius Murray after losing Dalvin Cook

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Mike Zimmer was prepared for the bad news on Dalvin Cook, and after he got it, the Vikings coach began looking forward. What now?

“I think the biggest thing was Dalvin had unbelievable big-play ability in a lot of different ways,” Zimmer said, via quotes distributed by the team. “We are going to have to continue to look for more ways to implement some big plays in the offense, probably.”

The Vikings have free-agent pickup Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon. Murray played 19 snaps and had seven carries for 21 yards Sunday, while McKinnon played 10 snaps and had two carries for no yards.

Murray, who had 1,000-yard season for the Raiders in 2015, likely carries the bulk of the load. He had offseason ankle surgery, and Zimmer disputed Murray’s comment after the game that his ankle isn’t 100 percent.

“I think you misconstrued what he said, because I talked to him about it and he said that no one is really 100 percent,” Zimmer said. “Any time you have surgery on something, you’re never going to be 100 percent. But he said he’s ready to go, and we are ready to have him go.”

The Vikings will consider signing another running back, Zimmer said. They have Bronson Hill on the practice squad, and fullback C.J. Ham also can play tailback.

Cook will have surgery on his torn ACL once the swelling goes down, Zimmer said, and will end his promising rookie season on injured reserve.

“He’s a great kid,” Zimmer said. “Extremely impressed with everything he’s done, to this point. It’s, obviously, a terrible thing for him and for us. We’ll move forward and go on from there. He’s a great worker and I have no doubt that he’ll come back from this.”

21 responses to “Vikings turn to Latavius Murray after losing Dalvin Cook

  1. The Vikings should trade a few draft choices to the Cowboys for Alfred Morris. What could possibly go wrong?

  2. What a mess. Even with three rookies backing up a converted wide receiver with sore ribs, the Packers are in a better situation at RB than the vikings.

  3. Zimmer is beginning to sound like a Viking fan, ACL’s are tough injuries and some can overcome and lose a half a step and yet others never make it back. I wish the best of luck to Cook who was on his way to Offensive rookie of the Year honors but the prospects of playing for a Superbowl in their home stadium this year just went out the window and the curse continues, 56 years and counting.

  4. I was definitely hoping my Redskins would get an opportunity to draft him. At least he didn’t go a team that I hate, like the cow turds or the seachickens. The guy had a solid showing in his first 4 NFL games and will get better. I hope he bounces back and has a quick recovery.

    -A Redskins Fan from North Carolina

  5. whatjusthapped says:
    October 2, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    Zimmer is beginning to sound like a Viking fan, ACL’s are tough injuries and some can overcome and lose a half a step and yet others never make it back. I wish the best of luck to Cook who was on his way to Offensive rookie of the Year honors but the prospects of playing for a Superbowl in their home stadium this year just went out the window and the curse continues, 56 years and counting.

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    Due to advances in the way they are treated, ACL injuries aren’t as devastating as they used to be…Adrian Peterson led the league in rushing the year after he tore his ACL, Todd Gurley was still drafted in the first round despite tearing his ACL that season..Zimmer is optimistic that with Cook’s work ethic and deter, he’ll put in all the necessary work and have a full recovery…sooner rather than later…that’s all..,

  6. Again, there’s depth at this position on this team. Their defense is playing well, great in fact. The Cook injury isn’t a season killer. It just sucks because he’s a special play making back.

  7. I think Murray is a great back-up and will do well. Now if we can just get the refs to stop always being against my Vikings maybe we could win a few games.

  8. Cook is a good player, but without the injury it would have been highly unlikely he would have won Offensive Rookie of the Year…..ever hear of Kareem Hunt? Anyways, I wish him the best of luck in his recovery.

  9. atthemurph says:

    October 2, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    The vikings have the 3rd rated defense in the division. If you think that is “great” then you have very low expectations.

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    If you seriously think the Packers aand Bears defense is better than the Vikings you are delusional. Yes, the stats point to third in the division. But also look at the games. Several of the games, the Vikings scored a lot and the other team scored points in garbage time (Saints and Bucs games. In the games where the offense didn’t score the Defense kept the Vikings in the game. In Pittsburg the offense couldn’t get much going because of a last minute Case decision to play. The Defense gave up 24 points because it eventually got tired from being on the field all game. That will happen to any defense if the offense sputters. In the Lions game they kept the Lions (one of the better teams this year) to 14 points. You are a moron if you go straight off stats.

    Right now I would say the Lions Defense is playing very well. They are arguably better than the Vikings right now as they have the takeaways to back it up. But that is really it. The Packers defense is terrible. They have padded stats due to playing a battered Seahawks and Bears team. The Bears defense is not good. You really don’t know football if you don’t think the Vikings defense is good. They are top 3 against the run. They are soo deep at LB, DE, Corner and Safety. The worst Vikings game was a loss to the Steelers and they gave up 24 points. If that is their worst game as a team, that’s not bad.

  10. It is tough to see him go out for the year, great back with tremendous ability. Definitely made the Vikings more dangerous as a team. Best of luck on a speedy recovery Dalvin.

    Go Pack Go!

  11. ajzinnecker no the Lions defense isn’t better than the Vikings. The Lions have Stafford. He had one TD and 14 total points. Most were aided by a turn over. The Vikings had a stupid offensive game plan in which they ignored Rudolph until the 4tth quarter. Rudolph usually has good games against the Lions. They also had a stupid trick play that gave the ball and momentum away.

  12. It’s looking as though 2017/2018 isn’t the Vike’s super bowl season what with torn ACLs and ref’s. The Vike’s should send video to the league of some of these missed calls.

    Outside the box: I wonder if there’s a way to surgically strengthen ACL MCL in order to prevent the tears and make running back knees more durable. (Tommy John surgery can actually strengthen a pitcher’s arm) At the moment I have some anxiety for Teddy B coming back and experiencing another catastrophe with his knee.

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