Dalvin Cook expected to be “pretty close” to return for OTAs

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The Vikings have felt good about running back Dalvin Cook‘s outlook for the 2018 season for a while and coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday that Cook may not wind up missing much offseason work after tearing his ACL last year.

Zimmer said that the team’s training staff believes Cook is progressing well and that he’s on track to be “pretty close” to ready when the team starts their OTAs in May. Cook will surely be eased back into any on-field work and Zimmer said the team’s overall approach with Cook has to take into account their desire to have him as their lead back for the long haul.

“I think he’s going to get a lot of plays,” Zimmer said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “The one thing we have to be careful about with Dalvin is, you know, we don’t wear him out. It’s a long season; we’ve got to be smart about it, so we’ll have to have a — not necessarily a pitch count, but be mindful that it’s a 16-game, maybe 20-game season and we’re going to have to be smart about how we use him. Because he is a three-down back.”

Jerick McKinnon is set for free agency and the Vikings have to decide whether to hold onto Latavius Murray at a salary of over $5 million before it becomes guaranteed early in the new league year. Whatever call they make with Murray, having a reliable No. 2 behind Cook will be important for the Vikings in 2018.

27 responses to “Dalvin Cook expected to be “pretty close” to return for OTAs

  1. stellarperformance says:
    March 2, 2018 at 7:40 am
    Never the same.
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    The last Vikings running back to tear an ACL had one of the best rushing seasons in NFL history and was league MVP the following season…

  2. The last Vikings running back to tear an ACL had one of the best rushing seasons in NFL history and was league MVP the following season…
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    So that’s the plan?

  3. stellarperformance says:

    March 2, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Never the same.
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    Many held the same opinion on AP, after his ACL tear….but we all know how that turned out.

  4. flviking says:
    March 2, 2018 at 9:20 am
    Same can be said for Rodgers
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    Cracked collar bone? That’s about as severe as a hangnail or a dislocated finger. No, it’s not the same as a blown ACL. And there’s only one Adrian Peterson.

  5. Cracked collar bone? That’s about as severe as a hangnail or a dislocated finger. No, it’s not the same as a blown ACL. And there’s only one Adrian Peterson.
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    Wrong again. Tony Romo says hello from the broadcast booth.

  6. Yikes! Fellow pack fans on the defensive in hear. Look guy’s we gotta be realisting. The Vike’s have OWNED us for years now and we haven’t sniffed the playoffs in 3 year’s. Just stateing the facts we half too re-build NOW wth a new staff. Not optimistic this year boy’s. Draft a QB. GO PACK!!!

  7. stellarperformance says:
    March 2, 2018 at 9:42 am
    flviking says:
    March 2, 2018 at 9:20 am
    Same can be said for Rodgers
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    Cracked collar bone? That’s about as severe as a hangnail or a dislocated finger. No, it’s not the same as a blown ACL. And there’s only one Adrian Peterson.

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    So the Packers whole season was derailed by a hangnail or dislocated finger? lol

  8. LOL at Pack…desperately needed a RB and let the likes of Cook, Kamara, Hunt pass by despite Hunt and Kamara not going until rounds 3 and 4, then they whiff on 3 bottom round RBs…it really is Cleveland West…

  9. Romo’s injury……….not close to the same as Rodgers.

    “The last injury, a fracture of the transverse process in his back, occurred in a preseason game last August amid what looked like a relatively innocuous hit from the Seattle Seahawks’ Cliff Avril — a routine NFL fender bender.”

  10. Geez, Cook will be fine. Rodgers will be fine.

    ACL injuries and recovery are routine under modern day medicine, as are busted collar bones. The only real difference is that Cook is working under a training and medical staff that is rated at the top of the league, while the Pack medical staff apparently couldn’t even discover Bennett’s pre-existing shoulder injury.

  11. stellarperformance says:
    March 2, 2018 at 7:40 am
    Never the same.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    That would be Jordy Nelson whose career is over due to the Cheap Packers front office hiring the least expensive Dr’s
    On the other hand Vikings have the BEST Medical treatment for their players.
    Cook will be leaving tread marks on your Linebackers and Defensive back’s jerseys after he runs over them!

  12. kingthielenscourt says:
    March 2, 2018 at 1:01 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    March 2, 2018 at 7:40 am
    Never the same.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    That would be Jordy Nelson whose career is over due to the Cheap Packers front office hiring the least expensive Dr’s
    On the other hand Vikings have the BEST Medical treatment for their players.
    Cook will be leaving tread marks on your Linebackers and Defensi

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    The best medical staff? Did you just become a fan like the rest of the bandwagon gang? Look at the way the crack medical staff tried to put Bradford on the field when he couldn’t even put any weight on his leg.

  13. allight59 says:
    March 2, 2018 at 10:12 am
    LOL at Pack…desperately needed a RB and let the likes of Cook, Kamara, Hunt pass by despite Hunt and Kamara not going until rounds 3 and 4, then they whiff on 3 bottom round RBs…it really is Cleveland West…

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    You need some new material because you tried using this exact post last week and went down in flames. The Packers yards per carry was top 5 in the league last year and that’s with every opponent knowing the Packers were going to run after Rodgers went down. Not to mention our 5th rounder led the league in 20 plus yd runs and he even missed games due to injury. We are sitting just fine at rb.

  14. meccalambeaufield3 says:
    March 2, 2018 at 3:42 pm

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    The best medical staff? Did you just become a fan like the rest of the bandwagon gang? Look at the way the crack medical staff tried to put Bradford on the field when he couldn’t even put any weight on his leg.

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    I’m not saying the Vikings have the best medical staff around, I have no idea. What I do know is that since there was nothing obviously structurally wrong with Bradford’s knee (M.R.I. came up negative for structural damage), they could only go by the player’s word on when he felt good enough to play. Whether he felt good enough to go out on the field vs. Chicago, he told the team he did feel good enough. That was on him, not the medical staff. And, he ran and moved just fine to begin the game, it was after a few plays and a few hits where it became obvious he wasn’t ready to play.

  15. knew8411 says:
    March 2, 2018 at 9:02 am
    stellarperformance says:

    March 2, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Never the same.
    ====================================================================================

    Many held the same opinion on AP, after his ACL tear….but we all know how that turned out.

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    Yes we do. They didn’t win a championship.

  16. stellarperformance says:
    March 2, 2018 at 7:40 am
    Never the same.
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    This guy says he does not troll and only posts reactively AND cries about Viking trolls on Packer stories.

  17. meccalambeaufield3 says:
    March 2, 2018 at 3:42 pm
    kingthielenscourt says:
    March 2, 2018 at 1:01 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    March 2, 2018 at 7:40 am
    Never the same.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    That would be Jordy Nelson whose career is over due to the Cheap Packers front office hiring the least expensive Dr’s
    On the other hand Vikings have the BEST Medical treatment for their players.
    Cook will be leaving tread marks on your Linebackers and Defensi

    _________________

    The best medical staff? Did you just become a fan like the rest of the bandwagon gang? Look at the way the crack medical staff tried to put Bradford on the field when he couldn’t even put any weight on his leg.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    to let you know this team and I were born in the same year! I have followed My Vikings all my life, the point I am making is I was there When Robert Smith got hurt and came back 2x he decided to retire and become a MD after the 3rd injury, Minnesota has the very best treatment in Rochester of ANYBODY! So go ahead and troll away..Make a fool of yourself

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