Chris Cook could return this week for Vikings

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The Minnesota Vikings could get an added boost this weekend as they attempt to make a push for the playoffs with just two weeks to play.

Cornerback Chris Cook is eligible to return from injured reserve this week for the Vikings. Cook suffered a broken arm in the Vikings Thursday night loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8. According to Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, head coach Leslie Frazier won’t hesitate to throw Cook back in the lineup if he’s ready to go.

“We’ll continue to practice him much like we have the last couple of weeks, with the mind-set that we’re getting him ready to play because he’s eligible,” Frazier said. “We’ll have to see how he does as the week goes on, but our goal is to try to get him up if he shows that he’s ready.”

A.J. Jefferson and rookie Josh Robinson have been called upon to pick up the slack in Cook’s absence. With games against Andre Johnson and the Texans and Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers still left in the final two weeks of the schedule, the Vikings will need all the help they can get in the defensive backfield to try and find a way to sneak into the playoffs.

Cook started the first eight games of the season for Minnesota and compiled 31 tackles and a sack for the Vikings.

6 responses to “Chris Cook could return this week for Vikings

  1. In Cook’s absence Jefferson has been a surprisingly good fill-in. I wouldn’t be apprehensive to rest Cook another week if he doesn’t appear to be ready. However, combined with Harrison Smith the two 6’+ DBs are becoming legitimately capable of stopping a large, top tier receiver like Andre Johnson.

    I’m excited.

  2. AJ Jefferson and Josh Robinson have been reliable this season. If Cook can stay on the field long enough to realize his full potential and with Harrison Smith continuing to progress, this secondary might not be half bad. There is still room to improve, but it’s come a long way in just a season.

    Andre Johnson is still going to abuse whomever he faces on Sunday though. That guy is a monster.

  3. Cook held Megatron to 5 catches 54 yards, in the game he missed against Detroit Megatron had 12 for 207. Pretty sure we don’t match up well against a receiver like Andre Johnson without Cook.

  4. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Dec 19, 2012 9:48 AM

    Maybe Cook can get his first career interception in one of these games.

    that would be nice, but as long as he is keeping the ball out of receiver’s hands, I’m good with it not ending up in his. Robinson looks like a good pick, and Jefferson is holding up well. This team might actually be able to field a decent nickle package for the first time in….. Ummmmm……..

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