While the Minnesota Vikings might not be quite ready to release cornerback Chris Cook who is charged with felony strangulation following a domestic incident with his girlfriend – they aren’t ready to let him play either.
Cook has been reinstated from the suspended list to the Vikings’ 53-man roster but will neither practice nor play for the foreseeable future. Coach Leslie Frazier said Cook needs to “focus on his case, which is a very serious matter” and said it would be “hard” to see Cook returning to the field this season.
Vikings fans can probably take this as a clear sign that the Vikings plan to keep Cook long term for the time being. With the Vikings having the option to keep Cook suspended without pay they are obviously looking to work things out. Chris Cook’s alleged crime is not to be taken lightly and the Vikings certainly are not willing to take the PR hit to allow him to play at this time. Cook likely won’t see the field for the rest of this season but nobody has ruled out the promising second year player playing for the Vikings next season.