It’s been an awful year for injuries, now you can add Dalvin Cook to the list of ACL tears. The Minnesota Vikings rookie RB suffered the torn ACL in yesterday’s 14-7 loss to Detroit and will miss the rest of the 2017 season, HC Mike Zimmer confirmed.
“Like on most of these ACLs, there’s a little bit of cartilage, meniscus,” Zimmer said. “It’s a normal, typical ACL (tear).”
Minnesota drafted Cook with the 41st pick in the 2nd round. In his first career NFL game against the New Orleans Saints, Cook set the Vikings’ rookie rushing record, previously held by former Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, by rushing for 127 yards on 22 carries.
Cook rushed for 66 yards and 1 TD before leaving the game in the 2nd half with a knee injury. He took a handoff from QB Case Keenum for a 10 yard gain, after cutting to his right to avoid a tackle by Safety Tavon Wilson, Cook reached down to grab his knee and fumbled the ball. RB Latavius Murray took over as the team’s starting RB for the game and finished with 21 yards on 7 carries and 8 yards on 2 receptions.
Minnesota will now rely heavily on free agent pickup Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon, and will most likely sign a FA RB to carry the ball in their thin backfield. Here’s my list of possible RB options in FA for Minnesota:
Possible FA RBs to replace Cook:
Ryan Matthews, previously with the Eagles.
Tim Hightower, previously with the 49ers.
DeAngelo Williams, previously with the Steelers.
Rashad Jennings, previously with the Giants.
Jonathan Williams, currently on the Broncos practice squad.
Practice squad RB Bronson Hill is a candidate for a possible promotion to the 53 man roster as well.
With 354 yards and 2 TDs this season, Cook is 3rd in the league in rushing. He also has 11 receptions for 90 yards.