Murray (ankle) acknowledged that Dalvin Cook got a head start by participating in the Vikings' offseason program, but the 27-year-old still believes he will beat out the rookie for the Week 1 starting job, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.
Murray signed a three-year, $15 million contract in March and underwent surgery to address bone spurs shortly thereafter. He's expected back for the start of training camp, but that didn't stop Minnesota from trading up to No. 41 overall to draft Cook, who subsequently split work with Jerick McKinnon in OTAs. Coach Mike Zimmer said the team will have an open competition in the backfield, but it would be a major surprise if McKinnon is a serious candidate for the lead job after he produced 3.4 yards per carry last season. Murray averaged only 4.0 yards per carry and 5.2 yards per target as the lead back in Oakland the past two seasons, but he did convert 13 of his 24 carries inside the 5-yard line into touchdowns while also earning a reputation as a strong pass blocker. Cook has far more potential as a pure runner, but the Vikings should still find a use for the 230-pound veteran in what's shaping up as a likely committee.
Murray (ankle) should be healed for the start of training camp, Matthew Coller of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.
Murray underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle shortly after signing a three-year contract with the Vikings in March. Since then, Minnesota drafted the electrifying Dalvin Cook in the second round, which, along with Jerick McKinnon, gives Murray considerable competition for snaps this season. Fortunately for him, Murray is expected to return for training camp, when his work in the film room thus far should allow him to join his teammates on the field without feeling far behind.
Murray (ankle) expects to start running on a hard surface next week, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports.
Murray, who shed his walking boot last week, has spent much of the offseason rehabbing from March ankle surgery. He's expected to take a big step next week and run on the field after doing much of his rehab thus far either in the pool or on a weight-supporting treadmill. If he's able to return to full health prior to training camp, Murray could be the front-runner for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart at running back ahead of rookie Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon.
Murray, who underwent ankle surgery in March, is now out of his walking boot as of Wednesday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Murray still won't participate during the Vikings' OTAs, but he hopes to put in some work at the start of training camp. In the meantime, Jerick McKinnon and second-rounder Dalvin Cook will have a head start on the running back competition.
Murray (ankle) did not participate in Wednesday's OTAs, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Murray, who underwent ankle surgery in March, is still in the recovery process as he may be held out until training camp. His absence will give Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon a head start on the competition for a starting role at running back, but having served as Oakland's workhorse for two years, Murray could still be the top candidate upon his return to the practice field given his experience.
|P1||8/10/17||@ BUF||7:00 pm|
|P2||8/18/17||@ SEA||10:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|5||10/9/17||@ CHI||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ CLE||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/17||@ DET||12:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/17||@ GB||8:30 pm|
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