Vikings’ Lewis Cine wants to ‘dominate rehab,’ be back on field in 2023

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

Cine suffered a compound fracture in his lower left leg Oct. 2 against New Orleans in London and remained there to undergo surgery two days later. He returned to the Twin Cities on Oct. 8, and on Friday was walking around in the Vikings locker room at the TCO Performance Center.

“God willing, that is the goal not to miss any time coming back but it’s a day-to-day process with rehab, make sure I dominate in rehab, so I can come back,’’ Cine said of returning in 2023.

Cine, taken with the No. 30 pick in the first round last April out of Georgia, was in good spirits. He said he’s been getting plenty of support from teammates and coaches.

“I’m happy that I can walk,’’ he said. “It’s all positive advice from everyone, positivity, love outpouring of emotion and everything. … I feel good. Working on coming back healthy, strong.”

Cine was hurt while covering a play on a punt. He was taken by ambulance to a London hospital, but said it did not take long for him to set his mind on wanting to come back healthy.

“I made peace with it kind of the same day,’’ Cine said. “I was like, ‘All right, what’s next?’ After surgery, I placed my mind on I have to dominate rehab and that’s the only focus and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.”

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