Vikings RB Dalvin Cook participates in full-team drills for first time since ACL tear
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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook participates in full-team drills for first time since ACL tear

Dalvin Cook, Vikings

It has been a long path toward recovery for second-year running back Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings since tearing his ACL back last September that abruptly ended his rookie campaign.

However, he has been steadily recovering from the injury over the last several months that has put him on track to be ready for the start of the 2018 season. According to Courtney Cronin of ESPN, Cook was able to partake in all full-team drills and activities this week for the first time since he suffered the ailment.

This week marks the first time Dalvin Cook has participated in 11 on 11 and other full-team drills this offseason. It’s the first time he’s been back on the field in an organized setting since he tore his ACL: “I’ve been feeling good but this week was another milestone in the rehab. Getting back out there with the team a little bit. This was a milestone for me just to get back out there and get some things done. I’ve been feeling great, though.”

This is undoubtedly another significant step forward for Cook show that he is near a full recovery from the major injury. He hasn’t suffered any setbacks or limitations along the way as he has been a full participant for much of the team’s offseason workouts over the last several weeks.

The Vikings are hoping that Cook can step back into the mix to provide some much-needed stability as the franchise is hoping he can be a workhorse running back. The team has already paved the way for that to happen by parting ways with Latavius Murray after one season and not bringing back Jerick McKinnon.

This could open the door for a breakout year from the 22-year-old to build off his promising start to his rookie year where he had recorded 354 rushing yards while hauling in 11 catches for 90 receiving yards through the first month of the season. If he’s able to stay on this steady progressive path over the offseason, Cook could be in line for a huge 2018.