Chris Cook has appealed $26K fine from NFL for contacting an official
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Chris Cook likely isn't done paying for his minor temper tantrum Sunday against the Bears.
The cornerback missed more than half the game for contacting an official after getting beat for a touchdown pass. Now, he's been fined $26,000 by the NFL, according to Cook. Other outlets are reporting that the fine is $26,250. Cook said his agent has already appealed the fine.
The incident came at a bad time for Cook, who has had a bad year in the last year of his contract. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at season's end, and he hasn't acquitted himself well on the field this year.
"My future," Cook said when asked what's on the line for him the rest of the way. "That's really the biggest thing that's at stake for me. It's a contract year for me. I've had a pretty rough year by my standards and I've just got to go out and ball out these last four games."
Head coach Leslie Frazier has already talked with Cook about Sunday's incident.
"I know I have to keep my composure, that's basically what [Frazier] told me, that was the big thing," Cook said. "I was just frustrated with some things that happened in the game, lost my composure. I can guarantee it won't happen again. "
Frazier said it was a "good conversation."
"He knows he's going to get hit pretty heavy in the pocket. He just has to be able to keep his composure going forward and handle things the right way," Frazier said. "There are going to be negative things that happen on the field and he has to handle it the right way."
Cook said he was upset about a non-call several plays earlier. He said he should have been the beneficiary of an offensive pass interference call, "because the ball was literally falling in my lap and my arm was grabbed and I couldn't get my other arm," Cook said. "On to this week, on to Baltimore, man, I'm just ready to play again."
"Like I said, I was frustrated. I let my emotions get the best of me and I know I can't react like that - especially towards an official."