The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Nearly 10 months after his tore his ACL, Cook is back on the practice field with the Vikings. After reporting to training camp Tuesday night, he has spent the past couple of days getting his legs under him as he looks to make an impact this season. “I definitely trust it again,” Cook said after Thursday afternoon’s practice at the Vikings’ new facility in Eagan. “It just took me getting back on the green grass and putting my cleats on.”
Diehards Line:While he wouldn’t say if he feels faster after the injury, Cook reiterated he feels much stronger. He added that initially it took a while to trust himself again. But at this point, Cook is so comfortable with his surgically repaired left knee that he’s decided to move forward without a protective brace. “I felt comfortable with (not wearing) it so I just went forward and made sure the training staff knows that I’m not going to be wearing it," he said. "They are comfortable with it as long as I’m comfortable with it.” As for the recovery process, Cook said one of the final steps will come next week when players put pads on for the first time. "Once we put pads on, that’s going to be another milestone for me," he said. "I can’t wait.” And we can't wait to see it. Stay tuned.