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The Vikings are suddenly short on cornerbacks

Nine days from a season-opening game against the high-flying Saints, the Vikings have a problem with their secondary depth.

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that rookie cornerback Chris Cook will be sidelined at least two weeks after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee Saturday.

Cook started the team’s third preseason game.  His emergence helped the team feel comfortable dealing away veteran cornerback Benny Sapp last week for wideout Greg Camarillo.  The Vikings now look likely to start Lito Sheppard (who Cook had displaced) and move Asher Allen into the nickel back role.

Zulgad says the Vikings could look outside the organization to fill Sheppard’s starting role, which says a lot about how they view Sheppard. 

Somewhere, Saints coach Sean Payton is smiling and choosing his favorite plays featuring four wide receivers.

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47 Responses to “The Vikings are suddenly short on cornerbacks”
  1. jebdamone says: Aug 31, 2010 3:28 PM

    you have got to be f32king kidding me!? cook has looked like a veteran since day one, now the loss of sapp DOES hurt us. what a terrible offseason for the vikes.

  2. shaggytoodle says: Aug 31, 2010 3:28 PM

    Thin at WR
    Thin at DB all of a sudden
    After week 3 my guess is you may be thing at QB as well.
    As I said when they traded for the WR last week, they better hope Cam can cover.

  3. shingo says: Aug 31, 2010 3:29 PM

    Revis for Adrian Peterson and a 1st round pick…..get it done.
    kthanksbai.

  4. jsbeck says: Aug 31, 2010 3:29 PM

    Anyone else get the feeling Farve is going to be sorry he came back this year??
    Im glad he did, i hope he comes back next year.
    I think he is going to regret this year….his final year.
    boycottfootball.com

  5. hrmlss says: Aug 31, 2010 3:30 PM

    Favre can play corner, QB, Coach and be GM. Oh, and mow the field.

  6. YouKnowMyName says: Aug 31, 2010 3:30 PM

    Yeah well come Sep 9 they are gonna be short some points at the end of the game, and maybe even short a quarterback!

  7. boysrollsmokespole says: Aug 31, 2010 3:31 PM

    Smoot might still be on the love boat.

  8. cusoman says: Aug 31, 2010 3:32 PM

    Sean Payton doesn’t smile, he purses his lips.

  9. Tinbender says: Aug 31, 2010 3:32 PM

    Now Chilly will know how Percy feels.

  10. Bun McSticky says: Aug 31, 2010 3:32 PM

    Injuries. Always the bug-a-boo in the NFL. It aint who’s the best in the NFL, its who stays healthiest. Sucks.

  11. Contra says: Aug 31, 2010 3:32 PM

    Somewhere, Saints coach Sean Payton is smiling and choosing his favorite plays featuring four wide receivers.
    ——-
    Somewhere, Jared Allen and the rest of the D-line are smiling at the increased number of sacks they will have in Game 1.

  12. MrHumble says: Aug 31, 2010 3:34 PM

    Sean Payton is smiling like the cat that ate the canary becuz he got into the Saints “drugstore again”. Seriously though, I don’t recall the Saints wr’s (or the entire offense for that matter) doing much of anything against the vikings defense in the nfc championship game and that was before Cook and with B. Sapp. If memory serves me correctly, the Vikings offense outgained the Saints offense 2 to 1 in yardage and that was with the vikings 5-6 turnovers taken into account.

  13. scra22 says: Aug 31, 2010 3:35 PM

    Just one more excuse Vikings fans will undoubtedly refer to when they lose on Sept. 9.

  14. packrulzm says: Aug 31, 2010 3:35 PM

    This cannot make the Viking faithful feel good about their chances in the Superdome. Best hope that Brees gets struck by lightning before then, because if Favre has to play catch up, it’s basically over. Ah, the sun is shining, birds are singing………….
    Cue the excuses in 3……..2……….1………..
    Cue the Vikings are going to beat the Packers again rants in 3…….2…….1……..

  15. HankScorpio says: Aug 31, 2010 3:36 PM

    The charmed life of the Vikes in 2009 is being paid back so far in 2010. I can only hope the misery continues to grow.

  16. Raw Deal says: Aug 31, 2010 3:37 PM

    Somewhere the Vikings OC is smiling about Sharper and Vilma being injured, too!

  17. wrekOgnize says: Aug 31, 2010 3:37 PM

    Brett Farve deserves better than this.

  18. JaggedMark says: Aug 31, 2010 3:38 PM

    The Vikings won’t need any CB’s against the Packers and the Lions. :)

  19. FinFan68 says: Aug 31, 2010 3:39 PM

    You can have sapp back for a 7th rounder and a six pack of beer…just wait he will likely get cut

  20. JaggedMark says: Aug 31, 2010 3:40 PM

    Lito Sheppard couldn’t cover B5 with an oversized bingo dauber.

  21. DonTerrelli says: Aug 31, 2010 3:41 PM

    “Somewhere, Saints coach Sean Payton is smiling and choosing his favorite plays featuring four wide receivers.”
    Payton: “This calls for another vicodin.”

  22. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Aug 31, 2010 3:41 PM

    Somewhere, Saints coach Sean Payton is smiling and choosing his favorite plays featuring four wide receivers.
    ————————————————–
    Stop the slander! I’m sure Payton is not happy about a player’s injury…especially some rookie.
    BTW…the Vikings wanted Patrick Robinson but settled for Cook.

  23. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Aug 31, 2010 3:41 PM

    Vikes are done. Time to start packing for L.A.

  24. INTENSEG says: Aug 31, 2010 3:41 PM

    Payton and Brees are licking their chops.
    THE SAINTS ROCK!!!! WHO DAT

  25. Lucky5927 says: Aug 31, 2010 3:41 PM

    AND THE WORST POST OF THE MONTH GOES TO…..
    shingo says:
    August 31, 2010 3:29 PM
    Revis for Adrian Peterson and a 1st round pick…..get it done.
    Dude, first of all, Revis isn’t worth A.P. and a first round pick. Secondly, the Jets have Shon Green. And even though he is not at A.P.’s level, he has a high enough upside to not force a trade for the games best runner. Seriously, your ideas would make Matt Millen look wicked smart.

  26. Bwa Ha Ha says: Aug 31, 2010 3:43 PM

    How are they set at guard? Eagles might shake a DB their way for a guard.

  27. mdaakd says: Aug 31, 2010 3:44 PM

    Trade Rosenfels and get another CB.
    Saints are without Sharper…. Shank will have 7-10 catches and 2 tuddies.

  28. PurpleNGold says: Aug 31, 2010 3:44 PM

    @ jsbeck
    You sound nuts, has anyone else ever told you that?

  29. Wipackman says: Aug 31, 2010 3:45 PM

    Short on class Short on good taste Short on Fans with all of their teeth ….. Shaping up come up short in 2010 ( agian ) !!!!!

  30. Dial-A-Cliche says: Aug 31, 2010 3:45 PM

    Trade Camarillo for Sapp

  31. DanSnyder says: Aug 31, 2010 3:47 PM

    Skins have a surplus of CBs, Vikings should give them a call. Don’t know what they would have to offer though

  32. Nosredna says: Aug 31, 2010 3:48 PM

    Funny how the actual article says they have a POTENTIAL issue with depth, but not an actual problem at the position.
    As usual, this is important information that PFT conveniently left out of their posting……

  33. Omega says: Aug 31, 2010 3:48 PM

    I wonder if Farve would have come back if he knew then what he knows now…..
    I bet that tractor seat looks pretty comfortable now.

  34. petro says: Aug 31, 2010 3:49 PM

    Maybe Brett can get one of those High School kids that were catching his passes in Hattiesburg to come in and “provide some depth”.

  35. Boudin says: Aug 31, 2010 3:51 PM

    man, i feel sorry for Coach Payton. he’s going to have a tough time deciding WHICH four receivers he’s going to send out….

  36. cusoman says: Aug 31, 2010 3:52 PM

    I would be lying as a Vikes fan if I said I wasn’t worried about the developments with injuries in the past 2 or 3 weeks.
    That being said, times like these call for unknown players to stand up and stand out. Just look at the Twins, they have been RIDDLED with injuries this season, but newcomers and little producing vets came in and stepped up, salvaging the season. With Favre’s amazing leadership in the lockerroom, I’m confident this too can be overcome and a great season can be had. A lack of quality CB’s can be overcome by a break neck defensive line – get the QB to hurry, and the bad plays basically create themselves. Brees, for example, is terrible on the move.

  37. _ROCKSTAR_ says: Aug 31, 2010 3:53 PM

    Give the Viking fans more to complain why they lost to the Saints in the NFC and opener.

  38. scra22 says: Aug 31, 2010 3:53 PM

    Contra says:
    August 31, 2010 3:32 PM
    Somewhere, Jared Allen and the rest of the D-line are smiling at the increased number of sacks they will have in Game 1.
    =====
    Right, because they weren’t *really* trying to get the QB in the NFCCG when they got that whole one sack. They were just keeping their ability to get past the Saints’ O-Line under wraps for the season opener.

  39. surefooted says: Aug 31, 2010 3:55 PM

    hahahaha Lito you suck!! This is your punishment for dogging it your last 2 years in Philly.

  40. Crigs says: Aug 31, 2010 3:56 PM

    I’m honestly somewhat disappointed in hearing this news. It’s clear, even though some of you act like it didn’t matter, that the Packers injuries in the two matchups last season affected both games significantly so I hope it isn’t the other way around this season.
    I hope both teams are mostly healthy when they play one another this season so no one on either side has excuses on why they won or lost. I think both teams are about as equal as they come so I hope injuries don’t seriously affect either team. It’s good to hear that Cook should only miss a couple weeks at least.

  41. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Aug 31, 2010 3:56 PM

    Did Jared Allen play in the NFC Championship game? Seriously, I don’t remember hearing his name.
    I did however see his little rodeo celebration…but that was just Tracy Porter mocking him.

  42. INTENSEG says: Aug 31, 2010 3:58 PM

    MrHumble says:
    August 31, 2010 3:34 PM
    Sean Payton is smiling like the cat that ate the canary becuz he got into the Saints “drugstore again”. Seriously though, I don’t recall the Saints wr’s (or the entire offense for that matter) doing much of anything against the vikings defense in the nfc championship game and that was before Cook and with B. Sapp. If memory serves me correctly, the Vikings offense outgained the Saints offense 2 to 1 in yardage and that was with the vikings 5-6 turnovers taken into account.
    ———————————————————-
    True but the Saints won the game, thats what matters most. WHO DAT!!

  43. stiller43 says: Aug 31, 2010 4:00 PM

    # Contra says: August 31, 2010 3:32 PM
    Somewhere, Saints coach Sean Payton is smiling and choosing his favorite plays featuring four wide receivers.
    ——-
    Somewhere, Jared Allen and the rest of the D-line are smiling at the increased number of sacks they will have in Game 1.
    __________________________///
    …So…your idea is that with worse coverage and therefore less time to get to the QB, they’ll somehow get more pressure…solid plan I guess.

  44. Emoney says: Aug 31, 2010 4:04 PM

    Absolutely priceless!
    Enjoy getting burned by top offenses. The packers secondary isn’t looking so bad now, are they? Maybe you can trade for jarret bush. You guys seem to like all of our rejects anyways.

  45. Ilovefoolsball says: Aug 31, 2010 4:04 PM

    # MrHumble says: August 31, 2010 3:34 PM
    Sean Payton is smiling like the cat that ate the canary becuz he got into the Saints “drugstore again”. Seriously though, I don’t recall the Saints wr’s (or the entire offense for that matter) doing much of anything against the vikings defense in the nfc championship game and that was before Cook and with B. Sapp. If memory serves me correctly, the Vikings offense outgained the Saints offense 2 to 1 in yardage and that was with the vikings 5-6 turnovers taken into account.
    _____________________
    Every year is different, every game is different. Yeah the vikes held the saints receivers in check mostly except when it counted in overtime. Think you can repeat that performance again with second string db’s? Yeah? Then you obviously must think you’ll repeat that 5 turnover performance again with your choker at QB and your RB with infant hands.

  46. Hauschild says: Aug 31, 2010 4:05 PM

    I’m curious to see where the Vikings sit after week 17, not pre-season week 4.
    It continues to amaze me how poorly conceived blog posts can have such a significant impact on people’s hopes-n-dreams. Then, as time passes and reality sets in…..then the next season begins and same impressionable minds are hoodwinked yet again, history repeats itself with more people exhibiting characteristics of the insane.
    All the bogus headlines and meaningless comments have absolutely no impact on the 2010 Minnesota Vikings.

  47. INTENSEG says: Aug 31, 2010 4:06 PM

    Contra says:
    August 31, 2010 3:32 PM
    Somewhere, Jared Allen and the rest of the D-line are smiling at the increased number of sacks they will have in Game 1.
    __________________________________
    They sure sacked Brees bad that 1 sack, they had him riding his tractor at home and near retiring. Oh I forgot, that was Farve doing all that.

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