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.

47 responses to “The Vikings are suddenly short on cornerbacks

  1. 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. 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. 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

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

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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……..

  9. 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.

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

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

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

  13. 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.

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

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

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

  17. 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……

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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….

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.
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    True but the Saints won the game, thats what matters most. WHO DAT!!

  26. # 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.

  27. 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.

  28. # 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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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