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Updated: October 22nd, 2011 9:46am
Chris Cook in jail on two domestic assault charges, won't play Sunday

Chris Cook in jail on two domestic assault charges, won't play Sunday

by Tom Pelissero
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Chris Cook is in legal trouble again. This time, it'll cost him at least one game.

The Minnesota Vikings' second-year cornerback was being held without bail at Hennepin County Jail early Saturday morning on two domestic assault charges, according to jail records. A source confirmed the Christopher O'Shea Cook in custody is the Vikings' cornerback.

"The Minnesota Vikings are aware of the incident involving Chris Cook," the Vikings said in a statement released a little after 10 a.m. "We take this matter very seriously and are still gathering all the details of the incident. We will not have any further comment at this time."

Cook, 24, was booked into the jail at 4:06 a.m. Saturday. His first court appearance is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Monday, and early indications were that Cook would remain in jail while the Vikings play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon.

A Vikings spokesman confirmed early Saturday afternoon that Cook has been ruled out for Sunday's game.

The KSTP-TV website reported that Eden Prairie police said a neighbor called 911 after hearing screaming. A police spokesperson also told KSTP that the charges include strangulation. That charge is a felony in Minnesota.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail that the NFL would look into the matter. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has taken disciplinary action against players in the past for their off-the-field actions.

It's the second time in eight months Cook has been arrested.

Cook was cleared in May of a charge of brandishing a firearm during a verbal alertercation with a neighbor last March in Virginia. Cook admitted he got into a verbal alteraction in his hometown of Lynchburg, Va., but denied pulling a gun.

A second-round pick in 2010, Cook has started the Vikings' past two games at left cornerback while Antoine Winfield recovers from a neck injury. If the Vikings also don't have Winfield, who was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report, Asher Allen likely would get the start opposite Cedric Griffin.

This will be the fourth legal incident, including the two with Cook, that Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has had to deal with since being named to the job last January.

Fourth-string quarterback Rhett Bomar, who was released by the Vikings before the season, was charged with drunken driving on Aug. 8 during training camp in Mankato.

Safety Tyrell Johnson was arrested on a fourth-degree DWI charge on Sept. 20 by State Patrol in Minneapolis.

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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