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Updated: October 17th, 2010 2:02pm
Brett Favre starts, Chris Cook sits for Vikings

Brett Favre starts, Chris Cook sits for Vikings

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite limited practice time all week and a questionable listing on Friday's injury report, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre and center John Sullivan were activated for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The initial inactives list also indicated cornerback Chris Cook was active, but it turned out to be a typo. Running back Toby Gerhart, whose number (32) puts his name directly under Cook's (31) on the numerical roster, was active instead.

Fullback Naufahu Tahi and defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy were somewhat surprising names on the inactive list, which also included No. 3 quarterback Joe Webb, receiver Hank Baskett, safety Tyrell Johnson, Cook, guard Chris DeGeare and end Everson Griffen.

Favre (ankle/right elbow) was set to make his 314th consecutive start, and his status was no surprise. Jon Cooper -- the Vikings' third different center in as many games -- started in place of Sullivan (calf), whose activation was a virtual necessity because DeGeare has an ankle injury that put him in a walking boot and the Vikings only have eight offensive linemen on the roster.

It would have been an upset if Cook really were active, considering he's less than two weeks removed from minor knee surgery and was a spectator during early warm-ups on Sunday.

Asher Allen was elevated to the top of the depth chart at right cornerback in place of Cedric Griffin, who blew out a knee Monday against the New York Jets and was placed on injured reserve. Lito Sheppard and newly signed Frank Walker also were active, giving the Vikings four active cornerbacks.

Halfback Albert Young was active for the first time in weeks and Fred Evans got the nod over Kennedy, who went public with his complaints about playing time last week. Tahi's deactivation was an indication the Vikings planned to run more extra-tight sets, with Jeff Dugan and Jimmy Kleinsasser serving as an H-back when needed.

Receiver Dez Bryant, who didn't practice all week and was listed as questionable, was active for the Cowboys. Inactive were: No. 3 quarterback Stephen McGee, linebackers Leon Williams and Brandon Williams, center Phil Costa, tackles Sam Young and Jermy Powell, receiver Kevin Ogletree and end Sean Lissemore.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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