Cook, Sanford to have MRI exams as Vikings leave for London
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings secondary was a question mark heading into the 2013 season, but after allowing almost 1,000 passing yards through the first three games -- it's a glaring weakness in this winless team.
"A.J. Jefferson, Chris Cook and Jamarca [Sanford] are all going to get their MRIs and we'll get an update as the day goes on," Coach Leslie Frazier said. "Not [a concern] at this point, but its kind of early. So, I'll have to wait at least until the end of the day to get some results back."
The Vikings leave for London on Monday for a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers six days later. As the 'home' team, the Vikings are mandated to leave earlier than the Steelers, who leave Thursday, to host various NFL events overseas.
Cleveland Browns third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer attempted 54 passes on Sunday after throwing fewer than 100 in his five-year career before handing the Vikings another loss in the final minute.
Sanford appeared to have been duped on the fake field goal that resulted in a Browns touchdown in the second quarter. Jefferson was torched for a 47-yard touchdown on the only play he was targeted and Cook played just three snaps before being sidelined with what appears to be a recurring groin injury.
"[Cook] is a guy we need on the field. He knows it. But if you're injured, you're injured. We'll just get someone else ready to go," Frazier said. "He's been playing, hasn't complained about [his groin] at all [before Sunday]. He's been practicing, played two games, hasn't shown any ill effects from it."
Cook has played no more than 10 games in a single season and after cornerback Antoine Winfield left -- the fourth-year player suddenly became their veteran corner.
In a division featuring the likes of quarterbacks Matthew Stafford, Jay Cutler and the guy the Vikings still have to face twice in Aaron Rodgers -- a pass defense currently ranking 28th in the NFL won't cut it.
But even with shoddy corners and now limited depth, Frazier said he won't be making any personnel changes.
"I don't know if change for the sake of change is the right thing to do," Frazier said. "From my perspective. You got to be able to stand in front of the guys in the locker room and talk to them about why you're making the change."