Cookout For Season Opener?  Awesome!

Asher Allen (#21 above) better make sure his knees and ankles are well-protected. He's likely to be starting the season opener against a team that will go after them on every snap. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

No, no, wait. . .it says "Cook Out For Season Opener."  Well. . .that's something different entirely, and most definitely not awesome.

Rookie Chris Cook is expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks and perhaps longer after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee Saturday in the Vikings' preseason victory over Seattle, according to NFL sources. That means Cook won't be available for the Vikings' regular-season opener on Sept. 9 at New Orleans.

Cook had a procedure performed on the knee in recent days and an exact timetable on how long he might be out is uncertain.

The injury is a blow for both Cook and the Vikings. The second-round pick from Virginia had been impressive throughout training camp and the preseason and started Saturday's game at right corner after spending the majority of camp playing behind Antoine Winfield on the left side.

Yes, Cook certainly did look impressive this pre-season, and that's why the Vikings' secondary will be that much better when he gets back in a couple of weeks.  In his stead, there's no reason to think that Asher Allen and Lito Sheppard can't pick up the slack across from Antoine Winfield.  I'd also be inclined to think that the Vikings will be looking for someone that's a victim of cuts after the deadline for rosters to get down to 53 players. . .or even potentially swinging a trade for somebody.  Lord knows the Vikings have enough depth along the defensive line where they can surely help somebody. . .and, hey, Sage Rosenfels is likely available, too.

In other roster news, the Vikings put Sidney Rice on the PUP list, which means that he will definitely be out for the first six games of the 2010 season.  Of course, we knew that already, but this move simply makes it official.

The Vikings also cut OT Bill Noethlich and WR Marko Mitchell, and now their roster sits at the required 75 players.  I was mistaken about the number of players they needed to cut when I made yesterday's post.  My bad on that one.

And that's pretty much all for today. . .thank you once again for patronizing one of the best sites that SBNation has to offer.  Because that's exactly what this site is. . .anyone that says otherwise is lying to you. . .and, as fans of the best team in the National Football League, that's what you deserve.  We'll see you back here tomorrow, ladies and gentlemen!

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