NFL Insider Gives Injury Update On Dalvin Cooks

Dalvin Cooks #4 of the Minnesota Vikings walks out prior to the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the New York Giants at US Bank Stadium on January 15, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Dalvin Cook has been one of the most talked-about members of the Minnesota Vikings during the 2023 NFL off-season.

Cook has often been talked about as a potential cap reason given his age and the position he plays.

Unfortunately for Cooks, teams have a tendency to move on from aging running backs, which was recently made clear by the Dallas Cowboys cutting ties with Ezekiel Elliott.

While his playing status for 2023 is still up in the air, it appears Cook’s injury concerns are now over.

According to a recent update from Ian Rapoport, Cook has made good progress following his shoulder surgery and is said to be making a full recovery.

As Rapoport reported, Cook had been battling this serious injury for three years.

Now, he needs to be able to run without hesitation, something he has been constantly dealing with.

When the 2023 NFL season begins, Cook will be 28 years old.

From a historical perspective, running backs have experienced a significant decline in production after age 27.

Last year, Cooks played in all 17 games for the Vikings, amassing 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns.

He also contributed 295 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns, which came on the heels of 39 receptions.

Although 2022 was not the best statistical season of his career, Cooks still averaged 4.4 yards per carry.

That’s a sign he still had gas in the tank, fighting for extra yardage when he could get it.

The Vikings missed the playoffs unexpectedly early in 2022 and will look to make a deep run in 2023.

Will Cook still be on the roster when the time comes to aid the Vikings in this quest?

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