One of the storylines emerging out of the second day of the 2017 NFL Draft was the Green Bay Packers’ decision with the 33rd pick, the first of round two.
According to Packersnews.com, the Packers were down to two players with that selection: cornerback Kevin King from Washington and running back Dalvin Cook out of Florida State. GM Ted Thompson elected to select King with the pick, while Cook fell to the 41st pick, where the Minnesota Vikings traded up to select him.
However, his impact as a rookie will apparently be limited to just four games, and neither of those have come against the Packers. Cook suffered a non-contact knee injury during Sunday’s 14-7 loss to the Detroit Lions, an injury that was diagnosed on Sunday afternoon as a “nearly complete ACL tear,” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Cook will likely have an MRI to confirm the injury on Monday.
Cook had been off to a very good start as a rookie, averaging just under 90 rushing yards and nearly three receptions per game while scoring two touchdowns. He also had been racking up 4.8 yards per carry on average.
With Cook presumably out for the remainder of the season, the Vikings will turn to veteran free agent signing Latavius Murray and fourth-year pro Jerick McKinnon as their primary ballcarriers. McKinnon suffered an injury of his own on Sunday, however, leaving the game with an ankle injury.
The Vikings will visit the Chicago Bears next Monday night before hosting the Packers in week six.