Cook is one game away from another full season as Bengals starting C after missing most of last season due to ankle injury … The only offensive lineman to start all 15 games, he has contributed to Bengals NFL rankings of 10th in net offense and seventh in scoring ... A former college free agent, he had started 50 consecutive Bengals games through the end of 2011 ... Initially joined Bengals as a practice squad player in his rookie season of 2007, after being waived by Minnesota.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Has started at C in Games 1-15 ... On Sept. 8 at Chicago, contributed to blocking effort that allowed only one sack as Andy Dalton posted a 97.2 passer rating ... Helped lead blocking effort Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh that allowed no sacks, and added an offensive output of 407 yards ... Helped lead blocking effort Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay as Dalton posted 105.5 passer rating ... Supported blocking effort Oct. 6 vs. New England in which Bengals ran for a season-high 162 rushing yards on 39 carries (4.2) ... Aided blocking effort Oct. 13 at Buffalo in which Bengals tallied a season high in total net yards (483), including season highs in both rushing (165) and passing (318) yards ... Supported blocking effort on Oct. 20 at Detroit for Dalton to throw for 372 yards and post a career-high 135.9 passer rating ... Helped lead blocking effort Oct. 27 vs. the Jets that allowed only one sack for two yards as Dalton threw for 325 yards and a career-high five TDs, posting his third consecutive game with a passer rating of more than 100 ... Supported 163-yard rushing total Oct. 31 at Miami, second highest output of season ... Helped lead pass blocking effort that allowed no sacks of Dalton on Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland ... On Dec. 1 at San Diego, contributed to no sacks allowed and 164 yards rushing … On Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis, helped keep Dalton sack-free for third straight game and supported 155-yard rushing effort, and Dalton was named AFC Offensive Player of Week with 120.5 passer rating … On Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, helped offense to 429 yards as Dalton posted career-high 136.5 passer rating.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Minnesota as college free agent on 5-4-07 ... Waived by Minnesota on 9-1-07 ... Signed 9-5-07 to Cincinnati practice squad ... Signed to Bengals roster on 12-31-07 ... Signed Bengals contract extension on 9-2-11.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2007—Played in all four Minnesota preseason games after signing as college free agent ... On Bengals practice squad for Games 1-16, and was signed after season to Bengals offseason roster.
2008—Saw his first NFL action, playing in Games 2-6 on special teams, but was placed on Reserve/Injured list Oct. 17, due to a dislocated toe suffered in a collision during pregame warmups Oct. 5 at Dallas.
2009—Earned starting position in preseason, and was praised by coaches as the “glue” of a revamped unit as Bengals captured AFC North title ... Helped Bengals finish ninth in NFL rushing (128.5 yards per game), including a team record of eight games of 100 or more yards by individual backs ... Aided 141-yard rushing game by Cedric Benson on Sept. 20 at Green Bay ... Helped lead fourth-quarter drives of 85 and 71 yards during comeback win Sept. 27 vs. Pittsburgh ... On Oct. 11 at Baltimore, helped Benson (27-for-120) become the first player in 40 games to rush for 100 yards against Baltimore ... Helped Benson rush for a career-high 189 yards Oct. 25 vs. Chicago, while also aiding a sack-free performance up front ... On Dec. 27 vs. Kansas City, supported Benson’s 133-yard game for his Bengals-record sixth 100-yard game of season ... Supported Benson for Bengals postseason-record 169 rushing yards in Wild Card playoff 1-9-10 vs. N.Y. Jets.
2010—Contributor to Bengals ranking second in AFC and sixth in NFL in fewest sacks allowed per passing play ... Offense allowed no sacks for 100 straight passing plays to close the season, including the last three full games ... Aided the offensive output of 469 total yards Oct. 24 at Atlanta (most by Bengals since Game 2 of 2007) ... Supported 149 rushing yards, including 144 by Cedric Benson, Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay.
2011—Helped offense rank tied for fourth in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (25) ... On Sept. 11 at Cleveland, aided blocking effort that helped produce Cedric Benson’s 121-yard, one-TD rushing performance ... Supported run-blocking effort Oct. 2 vs. Buffalo that paved way for 171 yards and 5.3 average, including 104 yards by Benson ... On Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, supported pass-protection effort that held Colts for the first time on season without a sack ... On Nov. 20 at Baltimore, helped lead blocking effort for 483 yards of net offense ... On Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland, helped lead protection effort for 389 yards of total offense, including 106 rushing yards by Benson ... Aided 165-yard rushing total Dec. 24 vs. Arizona.
2012—Started first three preseason games, but suffered ankle injury Aug. 23 vs. Green Bay ... Placed Sept. 4 on Reserve/Injured list, as player designated for possible return ... Retuned to practice Nov. 28 on roster exemption, activated to 53-player roster Dec. 8, and returned to action Dec. 9 vs. Dallas ... Played in Games 13-16, with starts Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh and Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore ... Also started in Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston ... In return to action vs. Dallas, helped support blocking effort for team’s 146 net rushing yards ... In Thursday night win Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, aided rushing effort of 41-for-157 (3.8-yard average) and season-best 37:40 possession time, with BenJarvus Green-Ellis (106) becoming only the second player in Bengals history to get four 100-yard rushing totals in a span of five team games.
COLLEGE: Closed Michigan State career with 35 consecutive starts, and played in Hula Bowl following 2006 campaign ... Played from 2003-06, following redshirt year in 2002 ... Named second-team All-Big Ten as senior, leading team in pancake blocks (48) for second straight year ... Started 11 games as junior for club that set school record for passing yards (295.5 yards per game).
PERSONAL: Hometown is Macomb, Mich. ... Attended Dakota High School, where he earned Class A all-state honors from The Detroit News while also lettering in basketball and track ... Holds degree in construction management from Michigan State ... Married (wife Lisa) ... Hobbies include hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Cook did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2007 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games that year.