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Updated: September 24th, 2010 3:43pm
Notebook: Chris Cook, Cedric Griffin listed as questionable for Sunday

Notebook: Chris Cook, Cedric Griffin listed as questionable for Sunday

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Chris Cook says he's "game-ready." Cedric Griffin says he's getting close, too.

The Minnesota Vikings listed both cornerbacks as questionable on Friday's injury report, but there seems to be a decent chance they'll make their seasons debuts on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Cook fully participated in practice for a third straight day on Friday. Afterward, he said he rotated with Griffin and Antoine Winfield with the base defense during team drills and all three were on the field in the nickel package.

"Last week, I wasn't taking reps with the (starting) defense," said Cook, who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on Aug. 29.

"This week, I took reps with the defense, and I was doing defense and show team, just to try to get my wind up. That was pretty successful, because I feel pretty good running around out there."

Griffin hasn't played in a game since blowing out his left knee in the NFC championship game on Jan. 24. He remained limited in practice throughout this week, as he has been since the Vikings activated him off the physically unable to perform list Sept. 4.

"It's getting there, man," Griffin said. "I'm getting more reps on the scout team and on defense right now, so they're allowing me to run around a little bit more, just kind of test my leg out, and it's doing well for me right now. "

The presence of either or both cornerbacks would boost the Vikings secondary against Detroit, which leans heavily on 6-foot-5 receiver Calvin Johnson. Besides Cook (6-2) and Griffin (6-foot), none of the Vikings cornerbacks are taller than 5-10.

"He's just a big guy and a long strider," said Griffin, whom the Vikings have matched against Johnson in past meetings.

"He's fast and he's physical and he goes up for the ball. So, with a guy like that, you've got to play him at the line and you've just got to be comfortable and confident at the line and just do your job. He's a matchup problem, but if you go in with a mindset that you're going to face him on the line, you're going to be all right."

Cook may be the better bet to suit up on Sunday, given his participation and productivity in practice. He said he intercepted one pass in Wednesday's practice and two more on Thursday.

"I should have three (Friday), but it didn't happen that way," Cook said. "I got three (pass) break-ups. ... I feel pretty good out there. I feel like my movement's good, and I'm just waiting for the green light."

Both cornerbacks worked out for trainers before Sunday's loss to Miami, too, but coach Brad Childress wouldn't say whether either could have played in that game.

"They are getting closer," Childress said. "They had nice weeks of practice here."

Health watch

Defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy (knee) also was listed as questionable.

Everyone else on the Vikings' injury report -- receivers Bernard Berrian (knee) and Percy Harvin (hip), quarterback Brett Favre (ankle/right elbow), linebacker Ben Leber (back), left tackle Bryant McKinnie (finger) and center John Sullivan (calf) -- are probable.

Leber moved from limited to full participation on Friday.

The Detroit Lions ruled out receiver Nate Burleson (ankle), linebacker Zack Follett (concussion) and quarterback Matthew Stafford (right shoulder).

End Cliff Avril (knee/finger), linebackers Landon Johnson (neck) and DeAndre Levy (groin) and guard Stephen Peterman (foot) are questionable. Safety C.C. Brown (forearm), safety Louis Delmas (groin/biceps/calf) and linebacker Ashley Palmer (ankle) are probable.

Getting comfortable

Two days after arriving in Minnesota, receiver Hank Baskett said he's fully up to speed on the game plan for Sunday.

Baskett signed with the Vikings on Tuesday only hours after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles, who run a similar version of the West Coast offense.

"The good thing is that the stuff that I do know -- that's huge right there, because that allows me to focus on the stuff that I don't know," Baskett said.

Childress said he hadn't decided yet whether four or five receivers will be active on game day.

Perils of waivers

On Thursday, the Vikings lost rookie tight end Mickey Shuler on waivers to the Miami Dolphins.

On Friday, the Dolphins claimed tackle Patrick Brown, another player the Vikings wanted to sign to their practice squad before the New York Jets claimed off waivers on Sept. 4.

"You have to do what you have to do," Childress said. "Everybody's got those roster moves that you have to do. It's like Hank Baskett being on the street, like Greg Lewis being on the street -- you have to do those moves when you have needs that have to be met and there's just a couple of different people that you feel like you can end up moving."

Quick hits

• Childress wouldn't say when Favre suffered the elbow injury, which first appeared on Thursday's injury report. "Just a right elbow," Childress said. "Might as well list it before he talks about it."

• Two days after going home with a migraine headache, Harvin went through a limited portion of practice without issue. "We even added a migraine personnel package," Childress said.

• As of Friday afternoon, there still were 200 tickets remaining for Sunday's game. They're available at

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 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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