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Draft Scout Jerick McKinnon News
02/17/15 - RB Jerick McKinnon is still recovering from back surgery that cut his rookie season short, but he has nearly completed his rehab program.
McKinnon, who will likely be the Vikings' starting running back if Adrian Peterson doesn't return to the team, told the Star Tribune that he tried to play through his back injury late in the season before he was finally placed on injured reserve.
"It got to the point where it was just too bad, I guess," said McKinnon, who emerged as the Vikings' starter after Peterson was placed on the exempt list for child abuse.
"It's been pretty good. It's been a long process, but that's just the way it goes after surgery. I've been here all offseason working really hard. I've just been in the training room with (assistant athletic trainer) Tom Hunkele pushing myself to the limit and just trying to get back ready. It's been a long grind but it's definitely working."
McKinnon, who only has a couple of more weeks left before the rehab program is completed, is expected to be ready for offseason workouts beginning in April.
McKinnon averaged 4.8 yards per carry as a rookie in 2014, totaling 538 rushing yards on 113 carries in 11 games, two of which he played with the nagging injury. He also had 27 catches for 135 yards, but was unable to record a touchdown either rushing or receiving.
"I was happy with how the season went. It was a blessing, just being able to play in the NFL, a dream come true," he said. "I took it for what it was. I'm happy but I'm not content."
12/12/14 - RB Jerick McKinnon (back) is out of Sunday's game.
12/07/14 - RB Jerick McKinnon (back) was placed on reserve/injured by the Vikings Dec. 6).
12/05/14 - RB Jerick McKinnon (back) is out of Sunday's game.
12/04/14 - RB Jerick McKinnon (low back) did not practice again Thursday and clearly has something serious going on with his back. At least serious enough to cost him the rest of the season. He hasn't practiced in two weeks and missed last week's game.