Vikings CB Chris Cook knifed his way into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield on the second play of the 3rd quarter on Thursday night, leading to a tackle for loss against RB Doug Martin. Unfortunately, the tackle for loss wasn’t the only loss on the play.
Cook left the game after that play with what appeared to be an arm injury. On Friday during his customary day-after-the-game press conference, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier announced that Cook had a broken arm, that he’ll need surgery to repair the break and that he’ll be out “an extended period of time.”
Exactly how long Cook will be out is unknown at this point, but there is a general timeline given the fact that the Vikings placed Cook on the Reserve/Injured list with the “designated to return” tag. The designated for return tag means Cook is eligible to return to the team for practice in 6 weeks and to the Active List in 8 weeks. Under that time table, Cook is eligible to return to practice the week of the Vikings game at home against Chicago on December 9 and is eligible to return to the Active List the week of the Vikings game at Houston on December 23.
Rookie Josh Robinson will likely step into the starting lineup with Cook out of action, while AJ Jefferson will probably slide into the nickel role. Marcus Sherels also figures to see more time on defense with the injury. The Vikings also have Brandon Burton on the roster and Bobby Felder on their Practice Squad.
Frazier also said the staff could work out some free agents corners over the weekend or early next week.
More on the “designated for return” tag
– A club is permitted to designate only one player in the 2012 season as eligible to be returned to its Active List, and that player must be designated for return at the time he is placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
– Cook is ineligible to practice or to participate in team or individual drills (contact or non-contact) while on the list.
– Cook is permitted to attend team meetings, and may also attend practice sessions, provided he does not participate. Cook is not permitted to participate in a walk-through.
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