Latavius Murray anxious to return, but remains cautious while rehabbing

Latavius Murray had 788 rushing yards and 264 receiving yards with the Raiders last season but has been hindered by offseason ankle surgery. Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP

Latavius Murray still has several weeks to get up to game speed after missing most of training camp while recovering from ankle surgery, but the Minnesota Vikings' running back is anxious to show his teammates what he can bring to the offense.

"I think it's tough because these players here don't really know me that well," Murray said. "I have to earn their trust and get back on the field so they can see what I'm about. That's the most frustrating thing for me."

The 2015 Pro Bowler has participated in practice on a limited basis since being activated from the physically unable to perform list list on Aug. 3.

Murray did not say whether he will make his Vikings debut on Friday against the Seattle Seahawks.

"I have to be honest with myself and smart about me going out there on the field," he said. "I wanted to be out there back in OTAs, but it hasn't come down to whether I want to be out there, I have to take precaution on how my ankle is."

With Murray sidelined, second-round pick Dalvin Cook has received the majority of first-team reps in practice and started in the Vikings' preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Head coach Mike Zimmer indicated that Murray will be fully participating with the team soon.

"He's getting more and more [reps] every day, so it won't be too much longer," Zimmer said.

Even when Murray is fully healthy, he might not see much work in the preseason. Zimmer said that injuries around the NFL during the preseason have made him think twice about playing his starters.

"I had the game on in the background and I saw two defensive starters go out for the season yesterday and I saw one team had five guys get injured yesterday, and so it's a really fine line," Zimmer said.