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Saturday, October 22, 2011
Vikings, NFL face decision on Chris Cook

By Kevin Seifert

Updating our earlier post, we now know that Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook won't play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Arrested early Saturday morning and jailed without bond, it's not even clear that he'll be released from jail before kickoff. Even if he is, however, the Vikings have formally ruled him out of the game.

We've already discussed how that will impact their depth chart for Sunday's game. It's likely that dime back Asher Allen will start at cornerback, with punt returner Marcus Sherels serving as the dime back. Starting cornerback Antoine Winfield (neck) and starting safety Jamarca Sanford (concussion) are doubtful for the game and not expected to play.

The Packers had a pretty sizeable matchup advantage even before Cook's arrest. So the bigger question now is what this incident means for the future of the Vikings' top draft choice in 2010. Two knee surgeries derailed Cook's rookie season, and he's now been arrested twice in the past eight months. (He was ultimately acquitted of brandishing a firearm last spring.)

Coach Leslie Frazier will have to make a short-term discipline decision about Cook, regardless of the outcome of this proceeding, and the NFL could also weight in with a fine or suspension. Stay tuned.