Dalvin Cook returns to field for Florida State with emotions in check

"He's in good shape, good conditioning," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said of Dalvin Cook's return. "It looked like it was a pretty solid first day." Jared Shanker/ESPN.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Stretches ended and Florida State strength coach Vic Viloria finished the Seminoles' motivational breakdown. As they do every practice, the players -- some too restless to even wait for Viloria -- bolted for the doors of the indoor practice facility and sprinted out onto the practice fields.

As most of the Seminoles broke into their special-teams assignment or began position warm-ups, one player was still inside jogging toward the light. Dalvin Cook, reinstated from an indefinite suspension less than 24 hours earlier, was running quarter-speed to the field.

On Friday, Cook was in that same facility by himself, but that time it was to practice alone. Friday was just preparation for Tuesday.

On Monday, Cook was acquitted of misdemeanor battery after a woman accused him in June of punching her several times outside of a bar. He was reinstated to Florida State's football team almost immediately and cleared to practice fully for Tuesday.

But if Cook was anxious or excited, he wasn't animated. He sauntered to the fields and then ambled around, unconcerned with the dozen cameras pointed his way. His lone concern was finding a mouthpiece so he could join the running backs running routes.

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