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Updated: August 17th, 2012 11:13pm
Vikings will evaluate Kyle Rudolph, Chris Cook for concussion symptoms

Vikings will evaluate Kyle Rudolph, Chris Cook for concussion symptoms

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings apparently escaped their second preseason game without a significant injury, although two starters could be held out of next week's exhibition as a precaution.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph and cornerback Chris Cook each were pulled out of Friday's 36-14 win over Buffalo with concussion symptoms and will undergo further evaluation, coach Leslie Frazier said.

Rudolph, who departed after Bills linebacker Kirk Morrison tackled him on the first play of the second quarter, said he passed all the concussion tests and is fine.

Cook departed on the Bills' ensuing series when he went down hard after stripping Bills receiver Donald Jones.

In recent years, the Vikings often have held players out for a game after a concussion, but that's not a hard rule. Quarterback Christian Ponder started last season's finale against Chicago eight days after leaving with a concussion at Washington.

Frazier said he wasn't sure whether the upstairs official charged with monitoring head injuries pulled Rudolph or Cook. Head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman was seen speaking on a headset at the replay booth after Cook's injury.

"Eric came to me and just told me that they were done for the game," Frazier said.

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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