Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/7/11
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings ended cornerback Chris Cook's suspension on Monday, but he will not be participate in football activities so he can focus on pending legal matters. Coach Leslie Frazier said Cook had been reinstated to the 53-man roster and will be paid after spending the past two weeks on the reservesuspended list after an Oct. 22 arrest. He faces a felony charge of domestic assault, accused of choking his girlfriend of 10 months. "After speaking with his agent, along with Chris, these are the steps that we thought were necessary for him to really be able to focus on what he has to focus on off the field, and we'll see how it plays out and what happens for him going forward," Frazier said. Cook, 24, was arrested the day before Minnesota's Week 7 home game against the Green Bay Packers and was charged three days later with a felony. Cook made his first court appearance two weeks ago and is scheduled for another hearing Nov. 22. After being released on 40,000 bail, Cook apologized via Twitter to his fans, Vikings ownership and coaches, teammates, friends and family. He also tweeted, "There's always two sides to a story!!" The Vikings suspended Cook without pay on Oct. 25. He was inactive for the Green Bay game and suspended for the team's Week 9 game at Carolina.Though Cook was returned to the active roster, Frazier said he wasn't sure the cornerback would play again this season. "It's hard to say that we're going to see him again considering what he's facing," Frazier said. "But we'll see what happens." The Vikings made the decision to activate Cook before the collective bargaining agreement-imposed deadline of four weeks for cases of conduct detrimental to the team. It's curious move to activate Cook with pay weeks before the team would have had to do so."He would eat up that 53rd spot," Frazier said of placing Cook on the active roster. The NFL is investigating Cook's legal situation, so it's possible the league could still discipline him."We are monitoring developments," league spokesman Greg Aiello said. "It is under review, same as with any matter of this nature." Frazier said the team has had discussion with the league throughout the process. Asked if Cook was allowed back in the building at the team's Winter Park facilities, Frazier said: "We really think it's best for him to focus on the legal matters and not be a part of what we're doing right now. And that's what he believes as well along with his agent, that he needs to really focus on his case, which is a very serious matter, as we all know, and something organizationally we're all very concerned about and we want him to put his energy and efforts into that case." Cook was the team's top pick in the 2010 draft, No. 34 overall. Frazier said it was too early to comment on Cook's future with the team. "It's so tough to say today as we stand here in November, considering the situation and not knowing how it's going to play out, it's hard to look into the future," Frazier said. Frazier said the team could still look into possibly signing another cornerback while Cook is away from the team. The Vikings had a roster exemption while Cook was on the suspended list but chose not to sign anyone before activating Cook on Monday.Injury reportSeveral Vikings players said they are feeling better after the bye week. Cornerback Antoine Winfield practiced Monday and said he would be able to play Monday night at Green Bay. Receiver Percy Harvin said he benefited from the week off to rest his sore ribs and that he'd be ready Monday. Linebacker E.J. Henderson said his knee feels as good as it has since the opening week of the season after staying off of the leg during the bye week. Right guard Anthony Herrera missed practice Monday but is improving, Frazier said.
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