Vikings say Cook deserves to return to team

The Minnesota Vikings say cornerback Chris Cook’s acquittal on

assault charges has opened the door for him to return to the


Cook was acquitted Thursday of all charges that he assaulted his

girlfriend in October. The team suspended him when the charges were

levied. They later reinstated him to the active roster but told him

to stay away from the team while the court process played out.

In a statement issued after Thursday’s verdict, the team said it

”will meet with Chris in the near future and believe he deserves

the opportunity to rejoin our organization.”

Cook is entering his third NFL season and will be counted on to

help a Vikings secondary that struggled during last year’s 3-13