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Vikings' CB Cook appears in court on felony charge

Chris Cook Cornerback from Virginia

By Amy Forliti

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- A judge ruled Wednesday that suspended Vikings cornerback Chris Cook will remain free on supervised release and is allowed to travel outside Minnesota with his team while he faces a felony domestic assault charge.

That won't happen this week. Cook will not travel with the Vikings to Sunday's game at Carolina, spokesman Bob Hagan said. Cook remained suspended without pay and on the reserve/suspended list, which means the team can replace him on the active roster.

"The fact that he will be suspended from our team really lets you know how concerned we are about what happened," coach Leslie Frazier said.

Cook, 24, was charged with domestic assault by strangulation for allegedly trying to choke his girlfriend over the weekend. Authorities said he became upset early Saturday when he found out his girlfriend of 10 months had spoken to an ex-boyfriend.

The woman told police Cook threw her on the bed and tried to strangle her. She freed herself, but then he hit her and grabbed her neck again, the complaint said. Prosecutors said police arrived at Cook's suburban Eden Prairie home to find the woman crying and bloodied, with marks on her neck and hemorrhaging in her eye, consistent with strangulation.

Cook made his first court appearance Wednesday and did not enter a plea, which is standard.

He is free on $40,000 bail and must have no contact with the victim. Judge Robert Small said if Cook wants to leave Minnesota for non-business-related reasons, he will have to clear that with probation officials.

His next court hearing is Nov. 22.

Vikes' Robison fined $20,000 for groin kick

EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison has been fined $20,000 by the NFL for kicking Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang in their game Sunday.

Robison received word of the fine Wednesday. He apologized to Lang, the league and the Vikings via Twitter on Sunday evening after he kicked Lang in the groin during a field goal try in the second quarter of a 33-27 loss to the Packers.

Lang replied on Twitter that he accepted Robison's apology and did not consider him a dirty player.

Robison says he got caught up in the heat of the moment when he kicked Lang, who had dumped him on to his back during Mason Crosby's field goal attempt. Robison says he regrets it and will make sure it doesn't happen again.