EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook had his eyes on Sunday's game at Houston as soon as the schedule was released, relishing the opportunity to match up with tall, physical Texans receiver Andre Johnson.
But after he broke his arm earlier in the season, Cook likely circled the date heavily and adorned his calendar with stars. He fractured the radius bone in his right arm -- one of the two large bones in the forearm -- while trying to make a diving tackle on Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin in Week 8. He was placed on injured reserve, but Minnesota designated him to return and hoped he could come back for this very game.
His arm healed, Cook returns in the first game in which he's eligible to help the Vikings' playoff push and possibly draw the assignment of matching up with Johnson.
"I was looking forward to playing him since the beginning of the year," Cook said this week. "I marked the two Johnsons (Andre and Detroit's Calvin) off on my calendar when I f...