Vikings running back Dalvin Cook likely to get preseason snaps

August 3, 2018

Dalvin Cook and head coach Mike Zimmer both agree the Vikings running back is ready now to play in a game. It sounds as if Cook will get some preseason snaps in August, more than 10 months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.

Ill probably see him in the preseason depending on the situation, Zimmer said Friday. Where were at and things like that. Weve banged him pretty good the past few days [in practice]. Hell get some reps.

The Vikings open the preseason in Denver on Aug. 11, but starters dont traditionally play much in the opening exhibition and its no guarantee thats when Cook will get into a game. Still, Zimmer said its likely Cook will get preseason run at some point unlike when Adrian Peterson, who had torn his ACL in late December of 2011, was held out until Week 1 of what would be his MVP season.

Cook, whose 288 rushing yards were second in the NFL when he went down Oct. 1, said hes ready.

We ready to go, Cook said. But thats just with anybody. If youre out of football so long, you want to get out there. Youre going to be kind of hardheaded and do your thing. You still have to take it day by day.

The Vikings dont intend on rushing Cook back to the field before September. His practice reps have been monitored. Latavius Murray has handled a fair share of the workload in 11-on-11 sessions, with Cook seeing a snap or two in relief. Its possible Cook doesnt play in an exhibition until the third game, Aug. 24 vs. Seattle, in what is typically the starters longest dress rehearsal.

Im going to be hyped, Cook said. Youre always going to be nervous before a game.

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