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The Minnesota Vikings made a splash on the free agent market last month Jaquiski Tartt Jersey , with their fully guaranteed contract for quarterback Kirk Cousins and the signing of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for another instant upgrade for the starting lineup.

There's another addition coming, too.

Running back Dalvin Cook, his promising rookie season cut painfully short at four games because of a torn ACL in his left knee , has passed the six-month mark in his rehabilitation and remains on track for full action when training camp begins.

He'll be a limited participant in practices this spring and minicamp, head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said, and has impressed the team at each stage of his recovery. There's no reason why he won't be ready to play in the season opener on Sept. 9.

"Dalvin's knocked the rehab out of the park," Sugarman said. "He's done a great job. He's been here every day since the injury occurred, post-surgery."

The Vikings started their offseason workout program last week at their sparkling new training facility, with state-of-the-art equipment that certainly hasn't hurt Cook's quest to come back as the same dual-threat player who was briefly on display last season after being drafted in the second round out of Florida State .

Cook took part in strength and conditioning activities on the indoor turf with the rest of his teammates on Tuesday, when the Vikings opened a portion of the workout to reporters.

"You've got to trust yourself and know that you did everything in your power to get your knee back to where it's at," Cook said.

"I attacked this thing every day, and I did what I needed to do to get to this point, so I had no doubt when I first touched the field that it was where I wanted to be at."

Cook had reconstructive surgery on Oct. 9. The first two weeks were the toughest part Matt Judon Jersey , with Sugarman pushing hard on his knee in the early struggle to regain that critical range of motion in the joint.

"You're ready to hit him across the head," Cook said. "It's a lot. It really is, man. It's the injury that can make you or break you. I chose the route that it wasn't going to break me, so I'm going to move forward."

There will be several more hurdles to clear, particularly those that involve a live defense across the line and ready to take Cook down to the turf. For now, three months before the toil and sweat of training camp arrives, there's plenty to celebrate.

"This is kind of the fun part again for him to get back on the field to feel like a football player again," Sugarman said.

As for Cousins, the past week has been about beginning the process of learning the offense and more importantly his new teammates.

He recently hosted wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs for a couple of days in the Atlanta area, where Cousins spends most of his offseason.

Becoming the leader can't be forced, even though this will unquestionably be his team come fall.

"Everybody's been very down to earth. There's a humility there. There's a formula there for success, and I sit in the team meetings and I see the organization," Cousins said.

"I see the attention to detail and I see the professionalism Rakeem Nunez-Roches Jersey , and it's just no surprise why there was success last year."

Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke plans to go diving in Bora Bora on summer vacation, and when he returns he’ll really start trying to figure out who should play where this season.

Burke and the rest of the defensive staff have been experimenting and evaluating during spring non-contact drills. But when asked Wednesday how much he can tell before players don pads, he responded with a slight smile.

”Nothing,” Burke said.

Minicamp does offer a chance to assess agility and how well players are absorbing the system, he said. But it will be August before Burke and the Dolphins have a true sense regarding what kind of defense they’ll be in 2018.

”Everything has an asterisk on it until we put pads on,” Burke said.

Miami hopes and need to be much better on defense than last season, Burke’s first as a coordinator under coach Adam Gase. The Dolphins ranked 29th in points allowed at 24.6 per game, and then parted with their best defensive player, five-time Pro Bowl tackle Ndamukong Suh.

On the plus side, they added veteran Robert Quinn at defensive end and first-round draft pick Minkah Fitzpatrick at safety. Raekwon McMillan, a 2017 second-round pick, returns to start at middle linebacker after missing his entire rookie season because of a knee injury. And depth appears improved at end, linebacker and safety.

”We don’t have any positions set in stone right now Jordan Mills Jersey ,” Burke said. ”We’re rolling a lot of guys at a lot of positions.”

Fitzpatrick, for example, is splitting his time among the free safety, strong safety and nickel back positions.

”He’s probably about as advertised,” Burke said. ”He’s really sharp. He’s thirsty for knowledge. We’re trying to overload him, and he keeps taking it. We are moving him around at some different spots and trying to get a feel for what his best fit is. He has responded well.”

At defensive end, the rotation will include Quinn, Cameron Wake, Andre Branch, William Hayes and 2017 first-round pick Charles Harris.

”Our plan would be to rotate different groups,” Burke said. ”We feel we’ll be better off having fresh guys, whether it’s for two, three or four snaps at a time Jason Spriggs Jersey , and then send the next group in. Building depth there was important to us. We want guys going full speed.”

The Dolphins have four more practices scheduled next week and then break until training camp, allowing the 42-year-old Burke to embark on his latest exotic vacation in Bora Bora, a small island in the South Pacific. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, done charity work in Uganda, and taken a safari in three other African countries.

Burke joked in the past about Gase calling him during vacation with football questions, and had a quick response when asked if the boss will be able to reach him this time.

”Whether I have cellphone service or not,” Burke said, ”the answer is no.”

Decisions about who’s playing where will have to wait.

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