No decision yet on Chris Cook; Vikings will look for corner help
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Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Tuesday morning that team officials have had "discussions about a lot of things with our roster," but no decision has been made regarding the status of suspended cornerback Chris Cook.
Frazier had said at his weekly Monday press conference the Vikings planned to talk about Cook's situation later that afternoon. Appearing Tuesday on "Judd & Phunn" on 1500 ESPN, Frazier sounded as if nothing will be revealed about Cook's status until next week.
The Vikings have their bye this weekend. Players are off until Monday and the coaching staff will get time off starting Thursday.
"We're going to go through some things that we've got to continue to go through," Frazier said, "but we should be able to talk about it further when we come back on Monday, as we get ready for the second half of our season."
Cook was charged with felony domestic assault last week after police say he choked a woman in his Eden Prairie home on Oct. 22. He made his first court appearance last week and was cleared to travel for work purposes, but the Vikings' decision to suspend him meant he was not with the team on Sunday for its victory at Carolina
There has been talk that the Vikings could cut Cook, a second-round choice in the 2010 draft, but there also is a possibility the team is waiting for the NFL to step in and take action against him. The Vikings' suspension of Cook for conduct detrimental to the team can only last four games under terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
But it's possible NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could step in with discipline that would sideline Cook for more than four games. If that's the case, the Vikings could retain Cook's rights while not having to worry about his presence on the roster.
In an e-mail to 1500 ESPN, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote that there is no update at this time from the league and that Cook's case "is under review."
The Vikings already have a roster exemption for Cook and have yet to fill his spot.
With Antoine Winfield battling a neck injury, he's expected to return when the Vikings next play Nov. 14 at Green Bay, and Cedric Griffin clearly at less than 100 percent, Frazier said the Vikings will look outside the organization this week for potential help at cornerback.
"I think we have to," he said. "I think we have to just explore every avenue. We're pretty thin there now whether it be by injury or other circumstances. We've got to continue to monitor what's available and what can help us if anything out there can."
Among the free agent corners on the market is Leigh Bodden, who cleared waivers on Monday after being let go by New England. Bodden is free to sign wherever he wants.