Vikings CB Cook still in jail Monday

Posted Oct. 24, 2011 @ 1:26 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Vikings CB Chris Cook remained in jail Monday after his court appearance was delayed. He has been in jail since early Saturday morning.

Cook was charged with domestic assault and intentional attempts to inflict bodily harm on another. He was booked at 4:06 a.m. CT on Oct. 22, according to Hennepin County (Minn.) police records. He 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.

This is Cook's second arrest of 2011. In March, he 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.

Police must either release or charge Cook by Tuesday.

The second-year cornerback has 20 tackles and four passes defensed this season and had started three games in a row before sitting out the Week Seven game against the Packers.

The way we see it

Cook has been the Vikings' best cover corner this season, so they want these legal issues resolved as soon as possible. He played as well as you could play against some of the league's top receivers in Calvin Johnson and Vincent Jackson.

The secondary really struggled in his absence Sunday against the Packers, having to play a lot of zone with Cook absent and Antoine Winfield also out with a neck injury. That allowed Aaron Rodgers to carve up the Vikings' "D" to the tune of 335 yards and three touchdowns.

However, if Cook is eventually charged, discipline from the team and the league could come down and lengthen his absence, and the Vikes' defense could continue to struggle.