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Vikings Place Cornerback Chris Cook on Injured Reserve

December 14, 2010

The Vikings had high expectations when they selected cornerback Chris Cook with the 34th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. In the short-term, Cook was supposed to provide insurance for cornerback Cedric Griffin who was coming off surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. In the long-term, the team envisioned Cook as an eventual replacement for Antoine Winfield. The Vikings’ future plans may still work out, but the immediate plan was put on hold Tuesday as the Vikings placed Cook on injured-reserve.

The rookie injured his knee in the preseason, and after two separate knee surgeries on each knee, Cook’s name showed up on every injury report this season.

“We just felt like for him and for our future it’s better to not continue to try to get him back out here,” said interim head coach Leslie Frazier. “He needed to rest those knees after two surgeries this season. So, we’re going to place him on IR and give him a chance to rest and get ready for the 2011 season.”

Cook started five games at cornerback, appeared in six, and finished with 24 tackles (20 solo) and three pass break-ups. To fill Cook’s roster spot the Vikings promoted offensive tackle Thomas Welch from their practice squad. Welch (6-foot-6, 300 pounds) was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 7th-round this year, but was released on September 4. The Vikings signed the rookie out of Vanderbilt to their practice squad two days later.

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