While no tests have been run on the left knee of Minnesota Vikings’ running back Dalvin Cook, the team already sounds as though they are fearing the worst.
According to numerous sources, the Vikings fear that their rookie running back tore the ACL in his left knee, an injury that would undoubtedly end his 2017 season.
Cook suffered the injury on his first carry of the second half of Minnesota’s 14-7 loss to the Detroit Lions. He had a 10-yard run, then planted and tried to make a cut. He immediately reached one hand down to grab his knee, and a member of the Lions knocked the ball out of his other hand.
Cook limped off the field with help, but was reportedly later seen walking on the Minnesota sideline. Mike Zimmer said that Cook would have an MRI on Monday morning to determine the extent of the injury.
If it turns out that Cook’s ACL is torn, it would put a halt to what had started out as an incredibly bright rookie season for the Vikings’ second-round pick. He came into Week 4 of the season second in the NFL in rushing (behind only fellow rookie Kareem Hunt), and had added a dimension to the Minnesota offense that it hadn’t had in a very long time.
Hopefully things won’t be quite as bad as the Vikings are fearing, but they’re already fearing the worst, which is never a good sign.