MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook has been ejected against Chicago for making contact with an official.
Cook was in coverage on Alshon Jeffery when the Bears wide receiver jumped over Cook for a 46-yard touchdown pass at the front corner of the end zone.
Cook confronted side judge Laird Hayes and appeared to inadvertently hit Hayes as he motioned with his arm. Cook was called for a 15-yard penalty and the automatic disqualification in the third quarter with the Bears up 20-10.
Cook was upset two plays earlier, lobbying for a penalty after a deep throw when Jeffery knocked a potential interception out of Cook's hands.
With Josh Robinson injured, Xavier Rhodes, Marcus Sherels and Shaun Prater were the only healthy cornerbacks left for the Vikings.
Ponder took a hit to the head late in the second quarter Sunday against Chicago during a rushed third-down throw.
Ponder was pressured and knocked down by defensive end Shea McLellin and linebacker James Anderson. Ponder was slow to get up and looked a little woozy as he walked off.
Ponder took three sacks in the first half and completed just three of eight passes for 40 yards. Matt Cassel came in for the final drive of the second quarter, to a rousing cheer from the crowd. The Vikings announced Ponder's return to the game as questionable.
The Vikings again had Josh Freeman inactive.