Vikings RB Latavius Murray Ready for New Role With Cook Out

Vikings RB Latavius Murray Ready for New Role With Cook Out”

The Minnesota Vikings were braced for the news and on Monday their fears were realized.

Cook suffered the injury while making a cut on a 10-yard run early in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

He did not return for the remainder of Minnesota's 14-7 loss.

Cook has a torn ACL in his knee and his season is over, the team announced on Monday.

Afterwards, Viking head coach Mike Zimmer said: "We're concerned about his ACL".

Cook's rush total and yards from scrimmage (444) ranked third in the National Football League through four weeks.

"Maybe, yeah", Zimmer said. The biggest thing was Dalvin had unbelievable big-play ability in a lot of different ways. Ham, who has played mostly at fullback this offseason.

The Vikings will have to depend on Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon to shoulder the lion's share of carries in Cook's absence.

Minnesota drafted Cook in the second round at 41st overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. However, NFL Network reporters Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero both reported on Sunday the initial diagnosis is a almost complete tear of the ACL. "He's a great worker, and I have no doubt that he'll come back".

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"He does have a torn ACL, and we'll move forward from there", Zimmer said.

Zimmer said Cook will have to wait until the swelling goes down until he has surgery. It's unlikely, though, anyone can be found to challenge for the starting job. The 22-year-old had established himself as one of the focal points of Minnesota's offense, rushing 74 times for 354 yards and two touchdowns and adding 11 catches for 90 yards. Murray told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that his ankle is still not 100 percent.

"I think you rarely find somebody that's feeling 100 percent from Week 1 through the rest of the season", he said.

"I thought I saw something and go fooled", Keenum said. "I know I was just like 'I really don't feel it anymore.' I feel good enough to be out there and I'm confident in myself that I can play at a high level".

As I said, the Vikings had multiple opportunities to win the game. McKinnon was a part-time starter last season after Peterson was lost to a meniscus tear and ran for 539 yards.

Dalvin Cook, the rookie running back who had helped the Vikings swiftly move on from the Adrian Peterson era in his first three games, left the game because of a left knee injury in the third quarter.

Cook sustained a knee injury in the second half of the contest. "It's an unfortunate part of this business, and it seems like we've had our share of it".

"It's devastating", Everson Griffen said.

"He's going to get an MRI in the morning and we'll find out". We don't like that negative energy.

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