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VIKINGS REPORT: Dalvin Cook has trial in civil suit officially set for next August

Safety Lewis Cine undergoes ‘successful’ surgery

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Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook tries to get around New Orleans safety Tyrann Mathieu in the Vikings' 28-25 win on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in London.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A jury trial in a civil suit involving Minnesota Vikings star running back Dalvin Cook officially has been set for next August, court records show.

David Valentini, one of Cook’s attorneys, told the Pioneer Press in August that the jury trial was expected to be held then. It now has officially been scheduled for Aug. 7-18, 2023, in Dakota County District Court, which is during the Vikings’ training camp and preseason.

Cook was sued last November by a former girlfriend for allegedly assaulting her at his Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, home in November 2020. In December, Cook filed a defamation and fraud lawsuit against the woman, Gracelyn Trimble.

Trimble, a sergeant in the U.S. Army stationed in Italy, alleged in her lawsuit that Cook left her with a concussion, as well as cuts and welts on her face. She alleges battery and false imprisonment in addition to assault and has sought unspecified damages in excess of $50,000.

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Dalvin Cook

After Trimble’s suit was filed last November, Cook said that he was “the victim in this situation” and that the “truth” would come out.

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Cook is in his sixth season with the Vikings and made the Pro Bowl in each of the past three seasons. He has rushed for a team-high 279 yards in four games this season, including 76 yards on 20 carries in a Sunday’s 28-25 win over New Orleans in London, when he returned after having suffered a dislocated shoulder the previous week.

“I give him a ton of credit,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said Monday of Cook’s performance in the game. “As the game went on, you started to feel he was really running hard, running well against a tough front. … Tons of credit to him for just pouring into his treatment and rehab through the week.”

Cine undergoes ‘successful’ surgery

Safety Lewis Cine underwent “successful” surgery on Tuesday at a London hospital for a compound fracture in his lower left leg, the Vikings said in a statement.

Cine suffered the season-ending injury in Sunday’s 28-25 win over the New Orleans Saints at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Due to the severity of the injury, he remained in the city for treatment. The procedure was performed by Dr. Aswinkumar Vasireddy, lead surgeon for the Orthopedic Trauma Group at Cleveland Clinic.

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Lewis Cine

Cine is expected to be placed on injured reserve and have his roster spot taken by nose tackle Khyiris Tonga. According to David Canter, Tonga’s agent, Tonga has been plucked off Atlanta’s practice squad.

A source said Cine could return to Minnesota as soon as this weekend if all continues to go well, including that no infection sets in. A compound fracture is when the bone breaks the skin, and when that happens bacteria can get in and lead to an infection.

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Sources said Monday that if the surgery goes well, Cine could begin to do some walking in several weeks and be on a path to return to play in 2023.

The Vikings have not immediately signed a safety to the roster to replace Cine. Safety Myles Dorn, who is on the practice squad, has been elevated twice this season and has one more remaining. So the Vikings could elevate Dorn for Sunday’s game against Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium and figure out next week what to do about a fourth safety on the roster

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Tonga was a seventh-round pick by Chicago in 2021 out of Brigham Young and got into 15 games as a rookie, with two starts. He was waived at the start of this season and joined Atlanta’s practice squad.

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