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Vikings CB Cook indefinitely suspended without pay

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By PFW staff

Updated at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26

The Vikings have suspended CB Chris Cook indefinitely and without pay, the team announced Tuesday night.

Earlier Tuesday, Cook was charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, which can be punished by a maximum of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Cook allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend this weekend, leaving her with a bloody nose and neck injuries.

He was arrested and put in jail early Saturday. Cook was released Tuesday on $40,000 bail and he did not play in Sunday's game against the Packers. His next court appearance is Wednesday afternoon.

According to the police complaint, Cook threw his girlfriend on the bed in his home, got on top of her and strangled her with an open hand. His girlfriend freed herself by grabbing his hair. Cook struck her in the ear, sending her crashing into the wall. As she fled to the living room, he grabbed and squeezed her neck again.

This is Cook's second run-in with the law this year, as he was found not guilty of brandishing a firearm toward a neighbor during a March altercation in Virginia.

Cook, a second-year player from Virginia, has 20 tackles and four passes defensed in 2010.

The Way We See It

Given the graphic nature of the complaint, it seemed like this was the only option the Vikings had. The league is also looking into the matter, per league spokesperson Greg Aiello.

It is a tough blow for the Vikings as Cook had emerged as their best cover corner this season. It makes the assignment of covering the league's leading receiver, Steve Smith, that much more difficult. Without him in the lineup against the Packers, the secondary struggled to keep up with the many weapons at Aaron Rodgers' disposal.

With Antoine Winfield still dealing with a neck injury, Asher Allen will have to step up in Cook's absence.

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