Vikings rookie Chris Cook
wasn't home for Thanksgiving, but it doesn't mean he won't see his family and friends over the holiday weekend. It's going to be a little spendy, but Cook wouldn't have it any other way.
Cook, a native of Lynchburg, Va. (about 150 miles from Washington D.C.), said that when the 2010 schedule came out, he wasn't looking at when the Vikings played the Packers or the Bears or when they were going to play on Monday night. Because the opponents and locations of the games were already known, he just wanted to know when the Vikings were heading to Maryland to play the Redskins.
"This is the first game that I actually circled on the calendar," Cook said. "I was looking forward to this game the most because I get to go back home. It's the first time most of my family will get to see me play in an NFL game in person."
While Cook didn't pay to have his family, he's going to foot the bill for family and friends to come to the game, which, given ticket prices at FedEx Field, could top $3,000 by the time the final costs are all factored in.
"I've got 26 people coming so far," Cook said. "It may get up to 30 or 35 by the time it's all said and done. There's enough of them that I've got a bus coming up for the game. Everybody wants to be at this one."
The Cook contingent will be made up of immediate family, extended family and college buddies. He said he hasn't done the math on what the final tab will run, but he said he's not that concerned. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance for his family to see him play live and you can't put a price tag on that.
"It going to cost a lot, but how often do you get to have your whole family and some of your boys from home able to see you play an NFL game?" Cook said. "It don't care what it costs. It will be worth it to see the smiles on their faces."
Sidney Rice sat out of Thursday's practice, but it was likely just a preventive maintenance move after taking the majority of snaps Sunday against the Packers and fully participating in Wednesday's practice. He is expected to return to practice today and most likely start on Sunday.
Anthony Herrera is expected to have knee surgery next week to repair his torn ACL. He said he wants to have the procedure done as soon as possible to start the six- to eight-month rehab process, but said the surgery won't happen until the swelling from the injury goes down, which it hadn't as of Wednesday. He said he expects the surgery to take place sometime within the next week or two at the latest.
S Jamarca Sanford did not practice Wednesday or Thursday because of a hamstring injury that he aggravated on Sunday against Green Bay. Sanford had missed the Vikings game against Chicago game on Nov. 14 because of the same issue.
DE Jared Allen was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a neck injury.
WR Bernard Berrian was limited in practice Wednesday and did not take part in practice on Thursday because of a groin injury that kept him out of the game two weeks ago and limited him to essentially one series last Sunday against Green Bay.
QB Brett Favre was limited in practice for a second consecutive day because of ankle and foot issues. Favre also has had his right shoulder added to the report.
S Eric Frampton, who missed last week's game because of a hamstring injury, was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday.
S Husain Abdullah was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday because of an ankle injury.
LB Chad Greenway took part in all of practice for a second consecutive day despite an eye injury that occurred when he was poked in Sunday's game against Green Bay. Greenway said he plans to wear a visor for the next couple of games.
C John Sullivan did not miss any practice time Wednesday or Thursday but continues to be listed on the injury report because of a calf issue that has bothered him for much of the season.
After years of going to the stars of the 1970s for their Super Bowl halftime shows, the league announced that the Black Eyed Peas will be the halftime headliner for February's Super Bowl.
Information from The Sports Xcahnge contributed to this article. John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
Rookie cornerback Chris Cook will be spending thousands of dollars for tickets this Sunday. Cook is making a return to his homeland and plenty of family wants to see him in person.
Cook is making a return to his homeland and plenty of family wants to see him play in person.