While much of the news was good for the Minnesota Vikings' fans on Sunday in Week 13, cornerback Chris Cook was ejected during the contest after making contact with an official.
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Cook announced his fine and discussed the incident, courtesy of Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Chris Cook said he's been fined $26,000 for making contact with official. He apologized for losing control of his emotions— chipscoggins (@chipscoggins) December 4, 2013
Cook said he was mad that official didn't call offensive pass interference on Jeffery two plays earlier and lost his cool after TD— chipscoggins (@chipscoggins) December 4, 2013
The fourth-year player was flagged for 15 yards and immediately ejected from the game after Alshon Jeffery's third-quarter 46-yard touchdown catch in the end zone, the Associated Press reported, via Fox News. Cook was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after making contact with side judge Laird Hayes.
Cook appeared to be frustrated following the play, probably due to the fact that Jeffery had a career day against him before he was ejected. While Jeffery finished with a franchise record for receiving yards, he did most of his damage against Cook, as Matt Claassen of Pro Football Focus points out:
Chris Cook allowed 3 catches for 132 yards and 2 TDs to Alshon Jeffery before being ejected. #Vikings— Matt Claassen (@PFF_MattC) December 2, 2013
The win for the Vikings was bittersweet due to Cook's ejection, but his future in the league will depend on him controlling his emotions despite the type of day he is having.
Minnesota drafted Cook in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. At 26 years old, he's yet to make a major breakthrough with the Vikings, with 110 career total tackles and zero interceptions, sacks or forced fumbles.
The Vikings earned their third victory of the season against the Bears, but the secondary certainly struggled against Josh McCown, who threw for 355 yards. They'll need all the help they can get when they face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14.