The Vikings pass defense fell to 22nd in the league after giving up 345 net passing yards to Sam Bradford and the Rams, but there could be a well-time infusion into the secondary for Minnesota. Plus, injury updates and other notes.
Vikings CB Chris Cook is eligible to return to the lineup Sunday against the Houston Texans after spending the last six weeks on injured reserve/designated to return when he suffered a broken arm on Oct. 25.
“We’ll continue to practice him much like we have the last couple of weeks, with the mindset that we’re getting him ready to play because he’s eligible,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. “We’ll have to see how he does as the week goes on, but our goal is to try to get him up if he shows that he’s ready. We’ll make that determination later in the week.”
Frazier said the Vikings wouldn’t decide until later this week whether Cook will start, some of that decision being based on his conditioning.
The timing couldn’t be better. Cook, at 6-foot-2, is the Vikings’ biggest cornerback, and Minnesota travels to Houston, where it will play the sixth-ranked offense and the 11th-ranked passing offense.
Of course, that offense features Andre Johnson, who has single-game records this year in the NFL with 14 catches for 273 yards on Nov. 18 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and who has 93 catches for 1,360 yards this season. He is also 6-foot-3, 230 pounds – just the type of matchup Cook has been anticipating.
“Really, when I saw the schedule come out and I saw Houston on there, that was one of my target games anyway. Andre Johnson, as a corner you have to look forward to playing Andre Johnson. He’s one of the best receivers in the league,” Cook said in November as he anticipated his return this week. “If you can have a great game against him, then you can have a great game against anybody. That was my whole mindset when I saw Houston – that was the first person I thought about.”