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Updated: December 16th, 2013 2:56pm
Notebook: Injury updates from Vikings' shuffled defensive secondary

Notebook: Injury updates from Vikings' shuffled defensive secondary

by Derek Wetmore
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Chris Cook was a late appearance on the injury report last week, when he appeared for the first time Friday with a knee injury.  That left the Vikings thin once more in the secondary, but Shaun Prater nabbed his first career interception in the replacement role.

"He just was planting on a route, getting ready to drive on a route and just felt his knee tweak," Leslie Frazier said of Cook. "Ended up going to get an MRI and had a bone bruise and struggled to get through that. So we worked him out before the ball game and just struggled with the pain so we had to get Shaun up and get him ready to go."

Have the Vikings been frustrated by Cook's frequent injuries since they drafted him in 2010.

"Well, a big part of what we do is availability," Frazier said. "You can have talent but if you're not available, that kind of negates everything that you're trying to get done as a player and it really makes it tough for your teammates as well. I know he's trying to get out there. He's trying do the best he can to help our team. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to help us in this last ball game."

Smith back in action

Safety Harrison Smith was activated from the Injured Reserve over the weekend and rotated in at safety throughout Sunday's game, although he didn't start. He rotated with Andrew Sendejo and Jamarca Sanford.

"I thought Harrison's presence made a big difference, Frazier said. "He's such a calming influence on our entire defense, and our secondary in particular. There are so many things he does that don't show up in the stat sheet. Just his moving around, being in position and discouraging quarterbacks by just his movement sometimes where he's bluffing like he might be coming on a blitz or showing where he might be in the box may discourage run and all of a sudden he's back in a half-field position."

Frazier said Smith played "a lot more than we anticipated."

"We asked him after each series, especially the type of offense they were running, 'How do you feel? What do you think?' He wanted to go back out there. He did good. He did a great job."

Rhodes' status uncertain

Xavier Rhodes (ankle) might return next weekend, but it's still too soon to tell, Frazier said.

"I think we should get most guys back for practice on Wednesday," Frazier said. "Xavier, we may have to wait and see on him. He's the one we may not be sure about today."
Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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