Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL which he suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions.
Head coach Mike Zimmer said Cook will undergo surgery in the coming days after swelling has subsided.
“It’s obviously a terrible thing for him and for us but we’ll move forward and go from there,’’ said Zimmer. “But he’s a great worker and I have no doubt that he’ll come back from this.”
Cook, who was third in the league with 354 rushing yards so far this season, suffered the injury on a run in the third quarter. His knee appeared to buckle has he tried to make a cut, and he crumpled to the ground. You can see a video of the play below.
MRI Confirmed ACL Tear
If you watch a lot of sports, you’re probably familiar with the severity of the non-contact knee injury. Jordy Nelson went down with a non-contact knee injury in the 2015 preseason, and most suspected that he had torn his ACL long before it was confirmed via an MRI. The same process happened with Cook, as many people suspected he tore his ACL after watching the play, but they all hoped for the best. Unfortunately, an MRI confirmed an almost complete ACL tear, as well as some minor cartilage damage and MCL damage.
Zimmer’s message to Cook was to remain positive and to know that he can come back from this. Vikings fans will remember that Adrian Peterson tore his ACL in 2011, but returned to the field in 2012 to rush for more than 2,000 yards and earn NFL MVP honors.
“I talked to him… about doctors we have here and the medical staff, and how they were able to rehab the last great runner here,” Zimmer said. “I expect him to come back and be the same that he was.”
This is a tough blow for a rookie who was surpassing expectations early on in this young season. However, ACL surgery and post-op management has become very streamlined in the sports world, and athletes are coming back quicker and stronger than ever before. It’s never good to have an ACL tear, but it’s best that it happened in his youth where he’ll be able to make a full recovery and hopefully return to elite form.
It’s another unfortunate blow for a Minnesota team that just can’t seem to stay healthy. This team has talent, but they all seem to be recovering from injuries. Hopefully the team can find a way to rally around one another and compete for a playoff spot despite the injuries. Best of luck to Dalvin Cook as he recovers from his surgery.