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Dalvin Cook injury news, updates ahead of 2023 NFL season

We update you on the latest news surrounding Dalvin Cook heading into the 2023 NFL season with fantasy football analysis.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 24: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on against the New York Giants in the second quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Giants 27-24. Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

Free agent running back Dalvin Cook holds the second-most total yards in the NFL since 2019, and what has been even more impressive is that he’s achieved the feat while playing through an injury. As he prepares to sign with a new team ahead of the 2023 season, we have the latest on his injury status and how it will impact his fantasy stock with drafts just around the corner.

Dalvin Cook’s injury

Injury suffered: Torn labrum, dislocated shoulder
When it happened: Chronic since 2019, Week 3 of the 2022 season

Cook has dealt with chronic shoulder injuries since the 2019 season and had been in and out of games over the last three years. The 2019 injury, which ESPN’s Adam Schefter had reported was a “broken shoulder,” forced him to miss the final two games of that season. In 2022, Cook suffered a dislocated shoulder in Week 3 but did not miss a game for the rest of the year.

Latest training camp updates

Schefter reported back in February that Cook underwent surgery to fix the broken shoulder that he suffered in 2019. NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero later reported in April that Cook was in Minnesota for a post-surgery checkup on his shoulder and was said to be making excellent progress, as his shoulder is now 100% stable and stronger.

2023 Fantasy football outlook

Cook is in the process of finding a new team, but it doesn’t sound like he’s found an offer he likes just yet. The Dolphins, Jets and Bills all seem like possible fits, but wherever he ends up it doesn’t sound like he’ll see as much work as he did in Minnesota. For now you should wait on drafting him early in drafts.