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Vikings cornerback charged in strangling attempt

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Minnesota cornerback Chris Cook has been suspended indefinitely by the Vikings without pay, following a felony charge for allegedly strangling his girlfriend during an incident that left her bloodied.

The team issued a statement late Tuesday announcing the suspension and describing the allegations as "very disturbing and disappointing" but declined to comment further "until the appropriate time."

Cook was charged Tuesday with felony domestic assault by strangulation, which carries a penalty of up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. State guidelines call for a sentence of a year and a day.

Cook was released on $40,000 bail from jail, where he'd been since his arrest early Saturday at his home in suburban Eden Prairie, near team headquarters.

The 24-year-old Cook, as a condition of his bail, is barred from contact with the alleged victim and cannot leave Minnesota, which would prevent him from traveling with the Vikings to any road games.

In addition to the legal matter and the team's decision, Cook could eventually face punishment from the NFL, too. Spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is reviewing the matter. Such charges often bring suspensions, per the NFL's personal conduct policy.

According to the complaint, Cook 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, got on top of her, and grabbed her neck with an open hand, constricting her ability to breathe.

The complaint said the woman freed herself by grabbing Cook's hair, which he wears in shoulder-length dreadlocks. Cook then struck her in the ear, sending her crashing into a wall. As the woman ran to the living room, he grabbed her neck again and squeezed it.

He has a court appearance set for Wednesday afternoon.

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