Dalvin Cook will get limited work at Vikings’ OTAs

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Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was off to a promising start in his rookie season last year, rushing for 354 yards in four games before suffering a torn ACL on October 1. He’s now making solid progress toward getting healthy for his second season.

Cook will get limited work at the Vikings’ Organized Team Activities, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Zimmer described Cook as “ahead of schedule,” a designation that seems to apply to nearly every player recovering from a knee injury at this time of year.

Cook earned the starting running back job in Week One of his rookie season and was averaging 4.8 yards per carry at the time of his injury. After Cook went down, replacements Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon weren’t as productive.

The Vikings would love to see Cook playing like he did the first four games of last year, only doing it for 16 games in 2018.

36 responses to “Dalvin Cook will get limited work at Vikings’ OTAs

  1. Hmm, bringing him back slowly and cautiously with limited carries. Did anyone really expect him to be going full tilt in OTAs?

  2. Dude is a stud. He will be just fine, and the league is on notice. Who do you stop?

  3. Starting center Pat Elflein not participating in OTA’s. Ankle complications still lingering from surgery. Seems he will be dealing with this all season. Not good news for a Vikings O-Line which already had many question marks coming into this season.

    RB’s never really the same after a torn ACL. That’s a shame about Dalvin Cook. Feel bad for the kid.

  4. freefromwhatyouare says:

    RB’s never really the same after a torn ACL.
    ###

    Yeah, sure. They have been known to get better.

    AP’s best year was after a torn ACL in 2011. 2012 he rushed for 2097 yards.

    Any other pearls of wisdom you can give us???

  5. — After Cook went down, replacements Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon weren’t as productive. —

    True, but both were still very productive runners.

  6. It seems like a lot of the outcome of these surgeries is related to how fast they rush them back to play. there have been plenty of cases where the backs have come back as good as before the injury, but it is important not only that the surgery go well but the rehab go well too. I feel like we are probably doing a good job with this, because we had such a positive outcome with AP. Remember back then people said it took 2 years before the RB was fully healed and AP came back better than ever. We shouldn’t need to rush Cook back but with McKinnon gone, it would be nice if one of the rookies shows real promise. Cook looked like he might be the real deal and we need to be careful with him for a while.

  7. Last year unfortunately he tore up his knee… This year he’s going to tear up the league!

  8. gtodriver says:
    May 21, 2018 at 8:04 am
    freefromwhatyouare says:

    RB’s never really the same after a torn ACL.
    ###

    Yeah, sure. They have been known to get better.

    AP’s best year was after a torn ACL in 2011. 2012 he rushed for 2097 yards.

    Any other pearls of wisdom you can give us???

    ****

    While I don’t disagree with you, a big barrier for athletes after a tear like this is psychological limitations. AP didn’t have many psychological limitations because a.) he’d already been established in the league and b.) he legitimately thought he would never experience that injury again.

  9. Jet and Tay Train did just fine and made key plays and runs in key moments. Tay train knows how good this team can be and wanted to stick around for another even if DC will be the main man. Hence the reason why he took a pay cut and restructured his deal. This running game will be even better this year, DC just has to take his time and heal as well as Elflein.If both are not full go by the time training camp comes around then there will be cause for concern.

  10. The story of the year for the Vikings offense will be Cook, IMO. This guy is really good and is going to make Cousins’ job easier in the passing game. Good luck….glad he is back and maybe healthy long-term. Pack fan.

  11. AP was a freak of nature, hopefully Cook can come back and be just as effective only time will tell. This offense could take time to come together or could out of the gates swinging, it’ll be interesting

  12. Cook is a special back. A rookie that stepped in from day 1 and was a 3 down guy. No issues with pass pro, route running or catching a ball. If he stays healthy he will be WAY more productive than what the Viking backs did last year. I believe he was leading or top 3 in rushing when he got hurt. 2nd in forcing missed tackles. Can’t coach that.

  13. DC is younger than AP was when it happened, even if he’s not the specimen that AP is, the fact he’s so young will assist with the healing process.

    I can’t remember the last time the Vikings had both their QB and starting RB health for a whole season.

  14. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 21, 2018 at 7:24 am

    RB’s never really the same after a torn ACL. That’s a shame about Dalvin Cook. Feel bad for the kid.
    ————————————

    Frank Gore tore ACLs in both knees in college. How’d that turn out?

  15. Peterson was an outlier in how he returned from his torn ACL so we can’t expect that Dalvin will do the same thing. What he has going for him is his youth, the Vikings training staff, and advances in surgery and rehab. I think he has a good chance of being very good this season but maybe not as good as we saw in the brief time we had him last year. I’d say he’ll probably be back to his former self in 2019. What worries me is the RB depth isn’t what it was last year so we can’t afford another injury.

  16. Guy has had a hard time staying healthy throughout his career. A torn acl isn’t such a horrific injury as it used to be but it def takes at least a full year to get back to what you were. The question imo isn’t can he come back from this. Of course he can. The question is “can he holdup in the league with such an injury filled football career so far”?

  17. 25 years ago a ACL tear was a career ender for RB’s. Yes medical advancements have made comebacks more possible, but still 20% never play again and most that do come back see production fall off.

    As I said above, I feel bad for Dalvin and wish him the best, but for Vikings fans to put such high expectations on him after a torn ACL is a bit impractical.

    Good luck Dalvin.

  18. Jamaal Williams had more total yards, more yards per carry and more TDs, on only 7 more carries….on a team where everybody knew they likely wouldn’t throw. Cook is good, but for Christ’s sake, pump the brakes.

  19. Orthopedic surgery sure has come a long way — only 10 or so years ago an ACL injury was considered career threatening. The thing that impressed me more than anything about Cook was his route running and pass protection skills, which really are what’s most important with RBs in modern NFL offenses (See, AP, unemployed).

  20. skolol says:
    May 21, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Jamaal Williams had more total yards, more yards per carry and more TDs, on only 7 more carries….on a team where everybody knew they likely wouldn’t throw.
    ___________

    False. Williams had 79 more carries and only averaged 3.6 yards per carry compared to Cook’s 4.8. Why would you even say something so easily disproved?

  21. gtodriver says:
    May 21, 2018 at 8:04 am
    freefromwhatyouare says:

    RB’s never really the same after a torn ACL.
    ###

    Yeah, sure. They have been known to get better.

    AP’s best year was after a torn ACL in 2011. 2012 he rushed for 2097 yards.

    Any other pearls of wisdom you can give us???
    ______________________________

    Well, hopefully, for your sake, Cook has been utilizing the same pharmaceutical reps that Peterson did so well.

  22. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    skolol says:
    Jamaal Williams had more total yards, more yards per carry and more TDs, on only 7 more carries….on a team where everybody knew they likely wouldn’t throw.
    ___________

    False. Williams had 79 more carries and only averaged 3.6 yards per carry compared to Cook’s 4.8. Why would you even say something so easily disproved?
    ——-
    I assume he meant Aaron Jones
    81 carries, 448 yds, 4 TD’s

  23. False. Williams had 79 more carries and only averaged 3.6 yards per carry compared to Cook’s 4.8. Why would you even say something so easily disproved?

    ****

    Original poster was talking about Aaron Jones.

  24. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    skolol says:
    Jamaal Williams had more total yards, more yards per carry and more TDs, on only 7 more carries….on a team where everybody knew they likely wouldn’t throw.
    ___________

    False. Williams had 79 more carries and only averaged 3.6 yards per carry compared to Cook’s 4.8. Why would you even say something so easily disproved?
    ——-
    I assume he meant Aaron Jones
    81 carries, 448 yds, 4 TD’s

    _________________________

    Wow, Awesome!
    Just relying on the multiple Barney posts I’ve browsed through, Aaron Jones is an absolute stud, ready to put everyone on notice and tear up the league.
    After all, who am I one to argue with the vast football knowledge and acumen of the typical Viking fan.

    Now, from what I’ve seen, most Packer fans have been keeping their emotions and expectations with Aaron Jones in check.
    As they should.
    But can you imagine the Bridgewater-esque fanfare he’d be receiving in Barneyland?

  25. Everyone’s DNA is unique, only time will tell on Cook’s productivity….Agreed. One thing that we do know is he has been working with a top flight training staff that record speaks for itself, now it’s about flexibilty in the area injured and most importantly his confidence. Based upon what that elite training staff is saying, it’s as good as new, with that being said, his coming back will equate to a #1 pic in this years draft.

  26. Cook on one leg is better than that clown show of a depth chart Green Bay gas at RB. A converted WR and 3 late round pick in mass and one player sticks RBs.
    🤡🤡🤡

  27. Aaron Jones had a nice year but I don’t think any savvy NFL observers are talking about him being in the same class as Dalvin Cook. Cook was leading the league in rushing after three games. Jones split time all year and he wasn’t even considered to be as good as Williams, who averaged 3.6 yards per carry. At least the Packers found a couple of guys who could replace Montgomery, who we all told you last year couldn’t last a season as a running back.

  28. “Barneyland” is not really insulting in any way. Assuming it’s in reference to the purple dinosaur (T-Rex), you’re saying our team uses the color purple which is obvious and not insulting and that we are either massively powerful creatures that ruled the world for far longer than mankind or we are family friendly and profitable entertainment that has dominated it’s market for decades? Seriously, put some thought into your “insults”.

    BTW, Greenbay is named after the stinky foul smelling algae that floats to the top of the lake in the spring, look it up. And the Packers? People who put things in cardboard boxes sure are scary!

  29. Just another weak-knee’d Viking. He’ll never be the same. Out of the league in two seasons.

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