Expect performance level comparable to the first 10 weeks of 2019. Data suggests decreased career length, but low short-term durability concerns.
2019 - 14/16
2018 - 11/16
2017 - 4/16
2019: Sternoclavicular joint (chest) - Week 11, re-aggravated Week 13; Right shoulder - Week 15
2018: Hamstring strain
2017: ACL tear, underwent surgery
2016: Right shoulder (likely labrum), underwent surgery
Pre-college: Left shoulder surgery (likely labrum)
Cook’s 2019 numbers were likely impacted by an injury to his SC joint (where the collarbone meets the chest), which he sustained in Week 11 and re-aggravated in Week 13. He also injured his shoulder in Week 15, but these injuries should all be healed entering the 2020 season. Therefore, we expect performance levels comparable to his first 10 games of 2019. Cook is now entering his 3rd season after ACL surgery, and by most judgments, his performance has been excellent. Data indicates that it will likely be similar in 2020.
While Cook has an extensive injury history, we expect him to enter the 2020 season fully healthy. He’s missed games each year, but data points to a maintenance of his 2019 game participation, when he played in 14 games. After ACL surgery, NFL players tend to play in fewer games during their first year back (Cook played 11 games in 2018) but return to their baseline number in seasons 2 and 3 (Cook played 14 games in 2019 and is entering season 3). Long-term, data points to decreased career length following ACL surgery, but the other structures - primary cartilage and meniscus (shock absorbing tissue) - injured in the knee at the time of ACL tear likely contribute to this effect. Cook reportedly sustained minimal damage to the rest of his knee, so we have only mild concerns for his long-term outlook and minimal for his short-term.
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