Chris Cook is Practicing, Can’t Play For Two More Weeks


Oct 21, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Chris Cook (20) against the Arizona Cardinals at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Cardinals 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings secondary has not looked the same since Chris Cook was lost with a broken wrist. That is undeniable. The good news is that Cook is now once again out on the practice field, albeit with a cast still on his arm. So he’s working his way back. Unfortunately, since the Vikings used the special new revocable IR designation on Cook, by rule Cook must remain inactive for eight full weeks after the game in which he was injured. That means Cook will not be cleared to play until the Houston game at the earliest.

Too bad the Vikings can’t have Cook this weekend. They could really use him against Brandon Marshall. No offense to A.J. Jefferson but he’s no Chris Cook. With Cook on the field, the Vikes were able to contain receivers like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. Without Cook they’ve seen big numbers put up on them by guys like Johnson and Marshall.

Just think of what a disaster that two game stretch against Tampa Bay and Seattle was for the Vikings. Not only did they lose both games, they also lost Chris Cook for at least eight weeks and Percy Harvin for the rest of the season. When the story of 2012 is written, the Buccaneers and Seahawks games will loom large. That was when the season went down the toilet for the Vikings.

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