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Vikings CB Cook out 7-8 weeks with broken arm

Vikings CB Cook out 7-8 weeks with broken arm

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was placed on injured reserve Friday, though there is a slim chance that Minnesota's best cover man will play again this season.

Cook broke his right arm Thursday night against Tampa Bay and he will need seven or eight weeks to recover from surgery.

``He's distraught. It's tough. It's tough,'' coach Leslie Frazier said.

The NFL's new rule this year allows each team the opportunity to keep one player on revocable injured reserve, so Cook could return for the Dec. 30 season finale against Green Bay or the playoffs if the Vikings (5-3) can survive a difficult second half of their schedule and qualify. The designated player is required to miss at least six weeks of practice and be inactive for at least eight weeks.

The Vikings didn't immediately make a move to fill Cook's roster spot, but Frazier said they might hold some workouts with candidates this weekend. The Vikings have nine days before their next game at Seattle.

Rookie Josh Robinson will take Cook's place in the starting lineup. A.J. Jefferson, acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals right before the season, will probably become the nickel cornerback. Marcus Sherels and Brandon Burton are the other cornerbacks currently on the roster.

Cook was hurt helping make a tackle of running back Doug Martin early in the third quarter. Martin scored on a 64-yard pass on the next play, and the Buccaneers completed four third-and-long passes during their game-sealing touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter. Frazier declined to speculate about whether Cook's absence directly led to that score.

``Everybody has injuries in our league, and we're going to play games in the future now without him. So someone else will have to step up and make those plays for us,'' Frazier said.

Cook, in his third year out of Virginia, has been the team's best player in man-to-man coverage. He helped limit three star wide receivers to minimal production in games this year. Detroit's Calvin Johnson was targeted 12 times and had just five catches for 54 yards on Sept. 30. Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald caught four passes for 29 yards after having seven passes thrown his way last Sunday. Vincent Jackson had only two receptions for 40 yards on six targets Thursday.

``I thought he was really coming along, and he had a good game yesterday in the time that he was out there,'' Frazier said. ``He was playing well for us, so it's unfortunate.''

Cook's rookie season was limited to six games because of torn meniscus cartilage in both of his knees that resulted in lingering post-surgical inflammation. Last year, he played in only six games, too, missing the remainder of the season after being jailed on felony assault charges the day before the Vikings played Green Bay.

Cook was kept on the roster but away from the team until his acquittal by a jury in March.

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Caps prospect watch: Boyd dedicates 4-goal performance to daughter after week in the hospital

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Caps prospect watch: Boyd dedicates 4-goal performance to daughter after week in the hospital

It would have been understandable if Travis Boyd struggled this past week. Something more important was on his mind.

Boyd spent the week in the hospital with his daughter, Hayden, who had been experiencing pain in her throat. He spent the enitre week in the hospital, not leaving until Hershey's game against Laval.

Boyd turned this trial into something incredible as he scored four goals Friday in Hershey's 6-3 win.

Boyd spoke about the ordeal with Zach Fisch of the Bears Radio Network (transcription via RMNB).

“It actually started after the game last Sunday against Rochester," he said. "I went straight from the rink to Urgent Care and then from Urgent Care to the ER. Never left the hospital until Friday morning. We had a successful surgery on Thursday night. Basically just a bad infection in her throat that had to be surgically removed. They had to surgically go in and kind of remove the bacteria and drain out the fluids. Everything went well. She’s doing well.”

Following the game, Boyd dedicated his performance to Hayden.

A four-goal game at the AHL level would have been an incredible accomplishment on its own. The fact that it came during such a trying time for him makes this a truly inspirational story.

You can watch highlights of the game including all four of Boyd's goals here:

CHECK OUT THIS WEEK’S UPDATED CAPS’ PROSPECT RANKINGS HERE

Other prospect notes:

  • In the Bears' game Friday against Laval, Riley Barber dropped the gloves with Markus Eisenchmid.  Barber was given an extra minor and game misconduct for instigating the fight in the final five minutes of the game. That penalty carries with it an automatic one-game suspension which Barber served Saturday. Here's a look at the fight.

  • Liam O'Brien had a pair of two-goal games over the week, scoring twice against Laval Friday and then two more against Toronto on Monday. Of his four goals, three of them were empty netters.
  • As the Capitals prepare for their Stadium Series game in Annapolis on March 3, Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley—a native of Perth, Australia—made a plea to see Nathan Walker recalled for the game.  “I’ll have to put a quick shout out to the one Australian that’s playing for the Caps now, Nathan Walker. If you could just bring him up for this game, that’d be great. Because an Australian being in a hockey game is like a Jamaican bobsled team. It doesn’t happen very often.”

  • Brian Pinho was honored Friday in Providence College's Senior Night. He has served as captain of the team this season and as an assistant captain in his junior year. He spoke with The Cowl on what being a leader on the team means to him. "I think being a leader of this team is a great honor, but also a huge responsibility. I try to keep everything fun at the rink, while also bringing some intensity and competing hard every day.” You can read the full story here.
  • Goalie Adam Carlson, who was on loan to the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, was reassigned to the Kansas City Mavericks also of the ECHL. He started two games for his new team and turned aside 42 of the 48 total shots he faced.

Who are the Caps' top 10 prospects? Find out here in his week's updated rankings.

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Game 61: Capitals at Panthers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 61: Capitals at Panthers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers

Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla.

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Panthers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Panthers game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-PANTHERS GAME?

The Capitals (34-19-7) take on the Panthers (26-25-6) Tuesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET in Florida.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-PANTHERS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Panthers game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:30 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 7:00 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:30 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:30 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:30 p.m. — Capitals at Panthers
10:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:30 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-PANTHERS GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Panthers game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Michal Kempny - Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-PANTHERS GAME?

The Capitals-Panthers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

CAPITALS-PANTHERS OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

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