Vikings' Chris Cook: 'I have to earn their trust again'

Vikings cornerback Chris Cook, who missed the final 10 games of 2011 as he battled a felony domestic assault charge, tells Fox Sports North he has work to do in the offseason to earn the trust of his teammates again.
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Vikings cornerback Chris Cook, who missed the final 10 games of 2011 as he battled a felony domestic assault charge, tells Fox Sports North he has work to do in the offseason to earn the trust of his teammates again.

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