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Updated: August 31st, 2010 2:24pm
Chris Cook reportedly undergoes knee surgery, will miss at least two weeks

Chris Cook reportedly undergoes knee surgery, will miss at least two weeks

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings' cornerback group suddenly doesn't look so deep anymore.

Chris Cook missed a second consecutive practice on Tuesday, and the Star Tribune reported the rookie is expected to miss at least two weeks after undergoing a procedure to fix a torn meniscus in the right knee he injured in Saturday's exhibition win against Seattle.

It's a blow for the Vikings and Cook, who seemingly had become the favorite to start at right cornerback in the Sept. 9 opener at New Orleans. The second-round draft pick started on Saturday, made two impressive tackles in space and didn't allow a completion.

Now, it appears veteran Lito Sheppard will get the nod in the spot usually occupied by Cedric Griffin, who continues to recover from knee reconstruction. Asher Allen also has competed on the right side since the start of training camp but is a better fit for the nickel role.

The Vikings traded away veteran nickelback Benny Sapp last week, leaving only five cornerbacks who are expected to make the 53-man roster.

At least two -- Cook and Griffin -- apparently won't be available for the opener, meaning the Vikings at least have to consider all their options: another trade, keeping one of two undrafted rookies (Marcus Sherels or DeAndre Wright) or scanning the waiver wire on Saturday.

Safety Eric Frampton also is an emergency slot corner. But the Vikings surely don't want to count on a player who hasn't taken many reps at the position being their dime back against the high-octane Saints offense.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. 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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