The Vikings had enough concern over the absence of Cedric Griffin that they brought in veteran Lito Sheppard, and drafted Chris Cook, to compete with holdovers Asher Allen and Benny Sapp to fill the left cornerback spot.
Cook has impressed during preseason, to the point he was considered the favorite to start opposite Antoine Winfield.
But that has changed, and the Vikings are suddenly thin at cornerback.
Cook is expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks with a torn meniscus in his right knee, reports Judd Zuglad of the Star Tribune. Cook has already had surgery, per Zulgad, and won’t be available for the season opener against the Saints.
The Vikings traded Sapp to the Dolphins last week for WR Greg Camarillo. It’s now likely Allen will fill the nickel back role, with Sheppard — who was thought to be the starter entering camp — the de facto starter again.
Zulgad suggests the Vikings could look outside the organization for help. If that’s the case, it could be a sign of how much faith they have in Sheppard manning the spot until the return of Griffin.