Yet again, the brakes have slammed on another promising season for Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook.
On the cusp of becoming a star in the Minnesota secondary, Cook’s 2012 campaign came to a screeching halt when he broke his right wrist during a Thursday night showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The severity of the injury was confirmed after the Vikings’ 36-17 loss by head coach Leslie Frazier.
Cook broke his wrist during a 64-yard touchdown catch by Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin during the third quarter. Cook missed a tackle on Martin before falling to the ground and immediately clutching his arm. After a quick visit with the team trainer, he headed for the locker room to receive X-rays on the injured wrist.
Although no timetable is currently available, it is expected that Cook will be out for at least a few weeks while waiting for the wrist to heal. More information on the severity and downtime should be available tomorrow after more tests are done.
Through seven games this season (all starts), Cook had amassed 28 total tackles, five defended passes and a sack.
With Cook now indefinitely out of the lineup, the Vikings will have to go to rookie Josh Robinson in their base defense and veteran A.J. Jefferson in nickel packages.
Robinson, a third-round pick back in April, has held his own since earning a prominent role with the Vikings. Formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, Jefferson was acquired via trade back in September shortly after final roster cuts were made but has yet to see much playing time as a Viking, evidenced by his two tackles and one defended pass on the season.
With the way the Vikings’ secondary looked throughout the second half of their disappointing lose to the Buccaneers, Cooks’ absence is going to do more damage than they can afford.