FSU running back Dalvin Cook sidelined by shoulder surgery


Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Wednesday after practice that Dalvin Cook had shoulder surgery, and the star tailback will be out a few months.

Cook, who had surgery on the labrum on the back of his right shoulder on Tuesday, should be ready to practice for the start of preseason camp in early August, Fisher said.

“We cleaned up a little stuff in the back of his shoulder,” Fisher said. “He’ll be ready in a couple months. He’ll be ready to go in July.”

Fisher said Cook felt something during a recent practice. He said the injury was “nothing drastic.” Cook had surgery to his left shoulder in high school and to the front of the right shoulder as an early enrollee at FSU in 2014.

Cook ran for a school single-season record 1,691 yards and had 19 rushing touchdowns in 2015. He finished in the top 10 in the Heisman Trophy voting last season.

Jacques Patrick and Ryan Green will likely be FSU’s primary tailbacks for the spring game on Saturday at 3 p.m. (ESPN3.com). Johnathan Vickers has missed some practices due to injury, and his status for the spring game is not yet known.

“Jacques had a better scrimmage the other day,” Fisher said. “Thought he ran with more power and pad lean. Still got to get down there better. He’s doing better and better.”

Hosting recruits in Orlando: With construction to Doak Campbell Stadium, FSU had to move this year’s spring game to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. That also meant some juggling as far as how to host recruits.

Fisher said he and school officials applied for a waiver with the NCAA to be able to host recruits at the game. He will have a room set up where he can talk to recruits and families.

“I will be able to talk and interact just like I do here,” Fisher said.

About 35 potential recruits are expected to attend the spring game on Saturday.

Spring game draft: Fisher said Wednesday that FSU’s seniors held a draft to select the rosters for the Garnet and Gold teams for the spring game. The full roster is expected to be released on Thursday or Friday.

Florida: Former Gators starting quarterback Will Grier is transferring to West Virginia, according to a report from ESPN. Grier will have to sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Grier, whose time at Florida ended last October after he was suspended for failing an NCAA drug test, may also start the 2017 season ineligible with his suspension still looming over him. According to an NCAA spokesman, Grier will still have to serve the final six games of his year-long suspension for violating the NCAA’s policy for performance-enhancing drugs.


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