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Updated: October 11th, 2010 6:05pm
Ryan Cook starts at center for Vikings; thunderstorms delay kickoff

Ryan Cook starts at center for Vikings; thunderstorms delay kickoff

by Tom Pelissero
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Minnesota Vikings deactivated center John Sullivan for Monday's game against the New York Jets, giving Ryan Cook his first start in more than 21 months.

Also inactive for the Vikings are: receiver Hank Baskett, safety Tyrell Johnson, cornerback Chris Cook, running back Albert Young, defensive tackle Fred Evans, end Everson Griffen and No. 3 quarterback Joe Webb.

Sullivan -- who injured his left calf on the first play of the Vikings' last game Sept. 26 against Detroit -- came out for early warm-ups but did little other than light jogging.

Not even listed on the depth chart at center, Ryan Cook received the bulk of work there during the week. His last start came on Jan. 4, 2009, against Philadelphia in a wild-card playoff game, marking the end of his tenure as the Vikings' right tackle, but he performed admirably in Sullivan's place against the Lions. He played center in college but never has started there as a pro.

Chris Cook (knee surgery) was ruled out earlier in the week after undergoing minor knee surgery. The others are healthy scratches.

Randy Moss, acquired in a trade on Wednesday from New England, replaced Bernard Berrian as a starting receiver.

Inactive for the Jets were eight backups: No. 3 quarterback Kellen Clemens, running back Joe McKnight, linebacker Kenwin Cummings, linebacker Jamaal Westerman, offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse, tight end Jeff Cumberland, defensive lineman Marcus Dixon and defensive lineman Matt Kroul.

Weather delay

A gorgeous, warm day at New Meadowlands Stadium gave way to thunderstorms roughly one hour before kickoff.

Warm-ups briefly were interrupted around 7:40 p.m. Eastern and the stadium bowl cleared as lightning struck overhead. Kickoff initially was pushed back to 8:50 p.m. ET/7:50 Central.

Then, a second wave of heavy rain and lightning forced the field and bowl to be cleared again at 8:20 ET.

Favre's elbow

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre took the field for warm-ups without the compression sleeve he's been wearing on his tender throwing elbow.

Favre was limited in practice on Friday and Saturday because of the elbow, which has been giving him trouble for weeks. He began wearing the sleeve on Friday but wasn't sure if he'd wear it in the game.

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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