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Dalvin Cook is close to returning for OTAs

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The rookie is rehabbing the ACL injury he suffered back in Week 4.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Dalvin Cook’s ACL tear last season against the Detroit Lions was a bleak moment for everyone. We finally had a beast at the running back position again, and he was well on his way to breaking rookie records for the season.

But the fourth quarter fall stalled that momentum and saw the Minnesota Vikings having to go to their Plan B in Latavius Murray.

But, much like his predecessor, Cook is making huge leaps and bounds in his rehab and more importantly his comeback.

Courtney Cronin from ESPN reported that Cook should be ready to make his return this spring at OTA’s at the end of May.

Cook has stayed in Minnesota for his rehab and offseason workouts with athletic trainer Eric Sugarman. Head coach Mike Zimmer has said that, “I think he’s going to be pretty close,” Zimmer said that Eric Sugarman “tells me he’s doing great and he should be as good as new ... better.”

His absence was missed. In just four games Cook rushed for 354 yards, two touchdowns, and caught 11 passes for 90 yards. And, with Jerrick McKinnon gone, the Vikings will definitely need those numbers and Cook’s style of play back.

While we’re all excited about Cook’s return and those types of numbers, Zimmer said it best. “I think he’s going to get a lot of plays. The one thing we have to be careful about with Dalvin is, you know, we don’t wear him out.”