Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was held out of the first preseason game last weekend as he makes his way back from the knee injury that ended his rookie season. His participation in the preseason is unknown at this point, but Cook said he's ready to play in a game and would be ready Week 1 for Minnesota even if he doesn't get any game time during the preseason.
Cook showed up to training camp ready to go and has practiced without a knee brace. He's looked quick and it's not apparent he suffered any injury at all. But the Vikings are known for taking their time with running backs coming off ACL injury. Adrian Peterson didn't play in the preseason on his way to a 2,000-yard, MVP season.
Cook still has a long way to prove he can be compared to Peterson. But working with the Vikings doctors, trainers and strength staff, Cook has returned quickly. Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer hasn't been willing to share if Cook will play in the preseason, let alone Saturday's first home preseason game against Jacksonville, and Cook didn't offer any more insight on Thursday.
Cook said he is ready, though, and he's enjoying the joint practices with the Jaguars.