Cook (ACL) participated in team drills Tuesday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Cook's return to team drills Tuesday marks a big step in his recovery after he initially only worked in individual drills during OTAs. He's expected to be ready to contribute by the time training camp rolls around, and Tuesday's progression certainly puts him on that path. Assuming Cook returns to full speed to begin the 2018 campaign, he should lead the Vikings' backfield again, with Latavius Murray serving in an ancillary role.
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 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 at the Vikings' voluntary offseason program, Chris Tomasson of The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "Really, Dalvin's knocked the rehab out of the park," said Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman. "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 figures to 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 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 looks to have done extremely well in his rehab from a torn ACL in Week 4 of last season, and given that he is expected to be ready for a full training camp, there should be very little doubt surrounding his status for Week 1 of the regular season. Expect the Vikings to ease Cook into the swing of things as training camp approaches in the summer, as the second-year tailback should be in for a big workload this year, especially given that Jerick McKinnon is now with the 49ers.
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