Updated: December 6th, 2012 2:00pm
Injured Vikings cornerback Chris Cook returns to practice field

Injured Vikings cornerback Chris Cook returns to practice field

by Judd Zulgad
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Cornerback Chris Cook appears as if he could be on track to return from a broken right arm for the Minnesota Vikings' game on Dec. 23 at Houston.

Cook was on the field for Thursday's practice, the first time he was eligible to practice since he suffered the injury on Oct. 26 while trying to tackle Tampa Bay halfback Doug Martin. Cook wore a protective cast on his arm.

After the injury, the Vikings placed Cook on the injured reserve with designation to return. The designation, which is new this season and can be used for one player per team, meant Cook had to sit out six weeks of practice. He then can be activated after eight weeks.

Cook is eligible to return to the active roster on Dec. 20, eight weeks after his last game appearance, and thus could play against the Texans.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said the hope is for Cook to play in the final two games of the regular season. "It was good to see him out here today moving around so we have to see how progresses but that's the goal," Frazier said.

Cook said in late November that he broke the radius bone on the inside of his forearm.

Cook had been starting at the right corner position until his injury.

A second-round draft pick (34th overall) out of Virginia in 2010, Cook once again seemed to be coming into his own before the latest setback.

He underwent two surgeries to repair torn meniscuses in his knees as a rookie, limiting him to six games. He played only six games again last season, when an arrest on domestic battery charges on which he later was acquitted led the Vikings to temporarily suspend him, then place him on paid leave for the rest of the season.

While Cook was on the field on Thursday, running back Adrian Peterson and defensive end Jared Allen were not. Allen is dealing with a back issue. There was no immediate reason known why Peterson was absent. He was not on the injury report on Wednesday. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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