Vikings’ Lewis Cine wants to ‘dominate rehab’, be back on the pitch in 2023 – Twin Cities

Vikings rookie safety Lewis Cine, who suffered a serious leg injury last month, has set his sights on being back on the field next season.

Cine suffered a broken left leg on October 2 against New Orleans in London and remained there for surgery two days later. He returned to the Twin Cities on Oct. 8 and on Friday was strolling through the Vikings locker room at the TCO Performance Center.

“God willing, it’s the goal not to miss any moment back, but it’s a daily process with rehab, make sure I dominate in rehab, so I can come back,” Cine said. about his return in 2023.

Cine, taken with the No. 30 first-round pick last April in Georgia, was in high spirits. He said he received a lot of support from his teammates and coaches.

“I’m happy to be able to walk,” he said. “It’s all positive advice from everyone, positivity, love, emotion and everything. … I’m feeling great. Working to come back healthy, strong.

Cine was injured while covering a play on a punt. He was taken by ambulance to a London hospital, but said it didn’t take long for him to make up his mind to return healthy.

“I made peace with that kind of the same day,” Cine said. “I was like, ‘Okay, what’s next?’ After the surgery I thought I had to dominate the rehab and that’s the only focus and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.

Denise W. Whigham