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By PFW staff

Updated Oct. 22, 2011 @ 11:04 p.m. ET
Originally posted Oct. 22, 2011 @ 11 a.m. ET

Vikings CB Chris Cook was arrested early Saturday morning on a pair of misdemeanor charges. Vikings spokesman Bob Hagan said the team had ruled Cook out of Sunday's game.

Cook, a second-year corner, was charged with domestic assault and intentional attempts to inflict bodily harm on another. He was booked at 4:06 a.m. CT, according to Hennepin County (Minn.) police records. He is being held without bail at the county jail, and a court date was set for Monday, Oct. 24 at 8:15 a.m.

Cook was arrested after someone called 911 at about 2 a.m. to report hearing people across the street yelling and screaming, Eden Prairie police spokeswoman Katie Beal said.

In March, Cook was accused of brandishing a weapon during a verbal confrontation near the home of Cook's mother in Lynchburg, Va., but a judge found him not guilty during a bench trial in May.

The way we see it

Regardless of the outcome of the charges against Cook, which are serious enough, the timing of his arrest couldn't have come at a worse time for the Vikings. Facing the potent passing attack of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, who use a lot of four- and five-WR formations, his absence leaves an already-thin Vikings secondary nearly threadbare. Starting CB Antoine Winfield, in whose spot Cook had started the past two games, is doubtful for Sunday's game with a neck injury, and starting S Jamarca Sanford is doubtful with a concussion. If Winfield is unable to play, Asher Allen will likely start in his place. If Sanford is unable to go, Tyrell Johnson would likely fill in for him.

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