EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) - Minnesota Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook has a torn ACL, Head Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Monday.
Cook appeared to suffer the injury while making a cut on a 10-yard run in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. He fell to the ground before making contact with a Detroit defender and fumbled the ball. Cook immediately grabbed for his left leg, then walked off the field with trainers. He did not return for the remainder of Minnesota’s 14-7 loss.
He underwent an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. The team confirmed he suffered a torn ACL and will likely be out for the rest of the season.
“I expect him to come back and be the same that he was,” Zimmer said at a news conference on Monday.
Cook gave the Vikings a 7-3 lead at halftime with a second quarter touchdown run. He had 13 carries for 66 yards before leaving the game. Cook’s 354 yards rushing through his first four NFL games. He is second only to Adrian Peterson (383) in Vikings history.