UPDATE (Monday, Oct. 2, 12:48 p.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings received the news they feared Monday.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has a torn ACL and is out for the rest of the season, head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed.
ORIGINAL STORY: Dalvin Cook’s rookie season potentially has come to an end.
The Minnesota Vikings running back went down with a non-contact knee injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s matchup with the Detroit Lions. The Florida State product limped into the locker room under his own power, but wouldn’t return to the game.
Shortly after the Vikings’ 14-7 loss, Cook’s initial diagnosis revealed a near-complete ACL tear, as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Cook was off to a strong day in the Week 4 matchup, as he carried the ball 13 times for 66 yards and a touchdown. Heading into the game against the Lions, Cook had tallied 288 rushing yards and one touchdown on 61 carries. He also amassed 82 receiving yards on 10 catches.
The Vikings selected Cook with the No. 41 overall pick in this year’s draft. The 22-year-old grabbed the starting running back job fairly early on in training camp and was a major factor in Minnesota’s offensive attack through four games. Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon fill out the rest of the Vikings’ running back depth chart.
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