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Updated: August 21st, 2012 1:12pm
Vikings cornerback Chris Cook still not cleared, won't play Friday

Vikings cornerback Chris Cook still not cleared, won't play Friday

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Chris Cook has yet to pass post-concussion tests and is expected to miss the Minnesota Vikings' preseason game against San Diego on Friday.

That means veteran Chris Carr or rising rookie Josh Robinson is in line to start in Cook's place at right cornerback, with the other seeing action with the starters in the nickel package.

"Probably Robinson or Carr will end up getting the majority of those reps," coach Leslie Frazier said on Tuesday, four days after Cook was pulled from an exhibition against Buffalo with concussion symptoms.

"We'll see which one we decide to start or who we decide to start. But it'll definitely mean Josh will get more reps with Chris being out."

It's the latest setback for Cook, a second-round draft pick (34th overall) in 2010 who has played in only 12 games over two NFL seasons because of injuries and off-field issues.

The 25-year-old had been having a strong camp before he got injured in Friday's second quarter while stripping Bills receiver Stevie Johnson, who also took a shot on the play from Robinson.

"I don't think we'll try to put (Cook) out there (on Friday) with this short amount of time," Frazier said. "I'm hoping that we can get at least a day of practice with him (Wednesday)."

A seven-year NFL veteran who has started 27 games with Oakland, Tennessee and Baltimore, Carr has taken the lion's share of reps as the third cornerback in the Vikings' nickel package since camp opened.

But Robinson, the speedy third-round draft pick from Central Florida, made a series of plays against the Bills that continued his ascent since he returned from the hamstring injury that sidelined him on the first day of camp.

The other player removed from Friday's game with concussion symptoms, tight end Kyle Rudolph, already has passed tests and returned to practice on Monday.

Asked if that means Rudolph didn't actually have a concussion, Frazier said, "His was a little bit different. In just talking with our medical staff and even talking with him, he doesn't think he has a concussion. He thinks it was more something with his eardrum. But we still had to go through concussion protocol and that's what they took him through."

Healthy starters will play the entire first half and probably one series in the third quarter on Friday, Frazier said, noting the secondary is one spot where competition remains for multiple jobs.

In other injury news, DeMarcus Love -- the top candidate to be the Vikings' swing tackle entering camp -- apparently has made enough progress from his pectoral injury he could make his preseason debut against the Chargers.

"DeMarcus Love looked pretty good (Monday) when we watched him on tape and talked with him after practice as well," Frazier said. "He feels pretty good. So, it looks like he's going to have a chance of maybe playing in this ballgame, which would be good for him and for our team just to be able to get some work from him on tape in the preseason."

End Everson Griffen, who sat out Monday's practice with what Frazier called a stomach virus, was back with the team on Tuesday.

Linebacker Solomon Elimimian (hamstring) remains sidelined.

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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