The Vikings promised an update on Chris Cook’s status on Monday and they delivered. In a statement the team said, “Chris Cook will remain on our 53 man roster but will not participate in our football activities at this time. We have met with Chris and spoken with his agent and have agreed that currently, Chris should focus on his off the field matters.”
Cook had been on the suspended list and therefore not technically on the 53-man roster, so the Vikings’ announcement amounts to an unsuspension. But obviously the team has no interest in creating a media circus by having Cook at practice, hence their decision that he should stay away and focus on his “off the field matters.”
In essence, Cook remains in football as well as legal limbo. For those who want to read the tea leaves on this one…I’m not sure there are any tea leaves to read. The Vikings are clearly hedging their bets on Cook. The only immediate effect of this move is to take away a roster spot the team could’ve used on a free agent cornerback. They must be confident that Antoine Winfield will be back on the field for Monday night’s game vs. Green Bay, otherwise they would’ve left Cook suspended in case they needed to pick up an extra body in the secondary.