Cook (knee) went through individual drills on the rehab field during Wednesday's practice, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. "I think he'll probably get some work [during OTAs and minicamp] and then should be ready to roll for training camp," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. It was recently reported that Cook remains ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn ACL, and his ability to take the field for individual drills Wednesday only provides further optimism on that front. It sounds like he'll remain limited throughout offseason workouts, but once training camp rolls around Cook should be cleared for full participation. Of course, the Vikings will likely be as cautious as possible with their top running back, so Cook could get days off here and there. All that said, fantasy owners can likely expect Cook to be back to full speed for the start of the upcoming season, barring any setbacks in camp or the preseason.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Sunday that Cook (knee) remains ahead of schedule, noting that the running back likely will get some work in OTAs this week but still figures to have limitations until training camp, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. Given that Cook suffered an ACL tear Week 4 last year, there was never much chance he'd be cleared for all activities prior to training camp. He still seems to be on track for the best-case scenario, which involves limited participation throughout OTAs and mandatory minicamp, followed by full clearance for the start of training camp in late July. With any luck, reports in the coming weeks will elaborate on the extent of Cook's involvement during OTAs. Barring any major setbacks, he should be headed for a workload similar to the one he handled last September, when he piled up 61 carries and 10 catches in his three healthy games.
Cook (knee) has been doing some work on the field during the Vikings' voluntary offseason program, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "Really, Dalvin's knocked the rehab out of the park," Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said. "He's done a great job. He's been here every day since the injury occurred post-surgery. He'll participate in [Organized Team Activities and minicamp] on a limited basis. Then the plan is for him, hopefully when he gets to training camp he'll be a participant just like everybody else." Cook admits that he struggled with the early stages of his rehab after suffering a torn ACL in Week 4, but it doesn't seem that the initial frustration prevented him from taking a proactive approach. He stayed close to his team throughout the season and into the offseason, perhaps noting that the Vikings training staff has a good reputation. Cook should slowly increase his activity level in the coming months, aiming to be ready for the start of training camp in late July. Latavius Murray likely would dominate first-team reps if Cook were to miss a significant portion of camp after the Vikings lost Jerick McKinnon to the 49ers in free agency. Cook, Murray and Mack Brown are the only tailbacks on the roster as Minnesota prepares for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Cook (knee) will be a limited participant in spring drills but is expected to be a full participant in training camp, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Cook is making good progress in his rehab from a torn ACL suffered Week 4 last season, and given that he's expected to be ready for training camp, he seems to be on track for Week 1. Expect the Vikings to ease Cook into the swing of things this spring and summer, as the second-year tailback will be 10 months removed from his major injury when training camp begins in late July. With Jerick McKinnon (49ers) no longer in the picture, Latavius Murray could be busy if the Vikings decide to carefully manage Cook's workload.
Cook (knee) is ahead of schedule in his rehab and is expected to be a partial participant at Organized Team Activities in May, Brian Murphy of The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Selected 41st overall in last year's draft, Cook was on his way to a huge rookie season prior to tearing his ACL in Week 4. He'll likely be limited throughout the offseason and possibly into training camp, but the timing of the injury gives him more than 11 months to recover before Week 1 of 2018. With Jerick McKinnon now in San Francisco, the Vikings could ask Cook to take on a larger pass-catching role in Year 2, though Latavius Murray is still around to handle some of the carries. Cook had 74 carries for 354 yards (4.8 average) and two touchdowns and 11 catches for 90 yards on 16 targets in only 3.5 games last season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||San Francisco 49ers||19||17.75|
|2||09/16||@Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|4||09/28||@Los Angeles Rams||27||19.00|
|7||10/21||@New York Jets||24||18.50|
|8||10/29||New Orleans Saints||12||17.22|
|12||11/26||Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|13||12/02||@New England Patriots||17||17.47|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||74||354||2||11||90||0||54|