Christopher Smith

Talented FSU RB Hurts Shoulder

Created on Mar. 19, 2014 11:54 AM EST

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook will miss spring practice after suffering a torn labrum.

Cook, a consensus five-star recruit from Miami, had enrolled at FSU early to participate in spring practice. According to the Orlando Sentinel, he fell up a flight of steps in the team's weight room and injured himself trying to cushion the landing.

“He had a tremendous offseason, he acted like he’d been there for three years,” coach Jimbo Fisher said, according to the Sentinel. “It’s a shame, but he’ll get to be in every meeting. That way he can have the surgery now and will have over three months of rehab and will be full go in the fall.”

The Seminoles deployed a three-person backfield last year with great success, but only Karlos Williams (8.0 yards per carry, 11 touchdowns) returns. Early reports out of Tallahassee, Fla., indicated that Cook could be the second guy, especially with a full spring practice. Now it remains to be seen how this setback will change his prospects.

Mario Pender and Ryan Green also are in contention to become Williams' backup.

Luckily for Cook, a torn labrum is considered a fairly minor injury, and he should be healthy by this summer.

Of course, with defending Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston at quarterback, FSU may be prone to throwing the ball plenty anyway.

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