Well, the verdict has finally come in on the legal matter that everyone has been watching.
(What, you thought I meant that other thing that was going on today? Nah, nothing like that at all.)
In a statement released by the team this afternoon, the Vikings stated that Cook had been moved back to the 53-man roster, but that he would not practice or play while he was still facing criminal charges. According to the statement, Cook and his agent have agreed that, for now, the 24-year old should focus on his off the field issues.
So, in essence, this means that Cook is now getting paid by the team again, but he won't be playing, which means he'll be on the inactive list every week. It also means that the Vikings no longer have a spot on the roster that they could have potentially filled with a free agent cornerback, which means they must be awfully confident in Antoine Winfield returning for this Monday night's game.
Cook had already been suspended by the team for two games, and under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the longest they could have suspended him for is four games. I'm a bit surprised they didn't keep him on the suspended list those extra two weeks, especially considering how desperate they are for secondary help at this point, but that's the decision the Vikings have made.
What say you on this one, ladies and gentlemen?