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.