Cook (knee) said Monday that he has started jogging but remains without a firm timetable to return to full football activities, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports. The running back is a little over three months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, so his lack of extensive activity to date shouldn't be viewed as a concern at this stage of his recovery. Assuming Cook endures no significant snags during the rehab process, he should be at or near full strength for the beginning of training camp in the summer, though the Vikings will almost certainly monitor his workload carefully during practices. While Latavious Murray and Jerick McKinnon proved to be an effective backfield tandem once the rookie was shut down for the season in Week 5, a healthy Cook profiles as the clear No. 1 back for Minnesota heading into the 2018 campaign.
Cook (knee) began walking without the assistance of crutches last week, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Cook is still in the early stages of his recovery from Oct. 10 surgery to address a torn ACL in his left knee, so while he's ready to begin weight-bearing activities, it could be several months before he's cleared to run at full speed. That being said, with no setbacks in his recovery to date, Cook is tentatively on track to be fully healthy by the time the 2018 regular season commences.
Cook posted on his personal Twitter account that his surgery Monday to repair the torn ACL in his left knee was successful. Cook was on his way to an electrifying rookie campaign before suffering the injury in the Vikings' Week 4 loss to the Lions, resulting in an early end to his season. In the club's first game without Cook on Monday against the Bears, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer leaned primarily on Jerick McKinnon, who compiled 146 total yards and a touchdown on 22 touches, to fill the void. Meanwhile, free-agent pickup Latavius Murray amassed 43 yards on 14 touches, so he and McKinnon could factor prominently into the backfield mix as the Vikings look to replace Cook's production on the ground and through the air.
The Vikings confirmed that Cook (knee) has a torn ACL, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. The 41st overall pick in this year's draft, Cook was well on his way to a huge rookie season before he injured his knee in the second half of Sunday's 14-7 loss to the Lions. He piled up 74 carries for 354 yards (4.8 average) and two touchdowns in four games, adding 11 receptions for 90 yards on 16 targets. Cook's absence leaves Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon (ankle) to handle backfield work, with Murray the best bet to serve as the Vikings' lead runner. Murray has struggled to make his way back from offseason ankle surgery and admitted Monday that he still isn't quite at his best. McKinnon left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury of his own. The Vikings may become highly dependent on their passing game once Sam Bradford (knee) returns. Cook suffered his injury early enough in the season that he'll at least have a shot to make it back for the start of training camp next year.
Cook (left knee) needed crutches to leave the locker room after Sunday's 14-7 loss to the Lions, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. "We're concerned about his ACL, but he's going to get a MRI in the morning," head coach Mike Zimmer said. Cook went down early in the third quarter with a non-contact knee injury, which typically indicates ligament damage of some type. Clearly, a tear of his ACL would be accompanied by a lengthy absence, but Monday's examination will impart the severity of the ailment. If he requires time away from the field, Latavius Murray (seven carries for 21 yards and two receptions for eight yards Sunday) and Jerick McKinnon (no yards on two rushes) would combine to keep the Vikings' ground game afloat.
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