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Updated: September 13th, 2010 12:51pm
Chris Cook 'doesn't look completely comfortable' in return to practice

Chris Cook 'doesn't look completely comfortable' in return to practice

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Chris Cook and Jimmy Kennedy were back on the practice field Monday morning for the first time since their respective preseason knee injuries. But it remains unclear whether either has a chance to play in Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

Cook, the Minnesota Vikings' rookie cornerback, hadn't practiced since suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee on Aug. 28 that required surgery.

He declined to comment after practice, but coach Brad Childress said Cook "went through some individual periods. He doesn't look completely comfortable. As always, it'll be seen how he comes back in and treats and how he shows back up (Tuesday)." 

Kennedy, the veteran defensive tackle, hadn't practiced since suffering an undisclosed knee injury Aug. 22 at San Francisco. He said he's "cool," felt good during Monday's unpadded practice and plans to get in extra cardio and running this week.

"I'm always trying to push," Kennedy said. "I've had enough of missing games. If they see fit to have my big ass out there running around, then we're going to be out there running around, making plays."

The Vikings don't have to file an injury report until Wednesday.

Left tackle Bryant McKinnie (finger) and running back Toby Gerhart (knee) also practiced.

McKinnie discloated his right ring finger on Thursday at New Orleans and ended up in the locker room because trainers couldn't get it back into socket. He missed one series but was back on the sideline in the closing minutes and would have gone back into the game had the Vikings regained possession.

"It's doing better," McKinnie said of the finger. "I think I get the stitches out on Friday. It should be fine."

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