The Vikings are going to be without Chris Cook probably for the rest of the season. The cornerback suffered an arm injury early in the third quarter of Thursday night’s beatdown and left the game not to return. Now we’ve learned he suffered a broken arm and will be placed on IR. The Vikes will use revocable IR for Cook in case they make the playoffs. But that looks like a slim possibility now.
The Vikes have already said they will check the waiver wire for a cornerback to replace Cook. Right now they’ve got Josh Robinson and Antoine Winfield as starters with A.J. Jefferson as the nickel guy. Brandon Burton has been inactive most weeks this season but will certainly step up to the active roster now. Marcus Sherels is also there but the Vikes would prefer to use him solely as a punt returner.
Obviously the prospect of playing without Cook is a rather dismal one. The Vikes secondary has been improved this year and Cook has been a big part of that improvement. His coverage was a big part of why the Vikes were able to neutralize Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. With him out, the Vikes will be forced to play more off-coverage and soft zone. They will be a less-effective defense with him on the shelf. Bad break for Cook and the team.
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