Adding injury to insult in Sunday night’s overtime loss in the NFC Championship game was the fact that CB Cedric Griffin injured his knee during the overtime kickoff, a play that resulted in Saints RB and returner Pierre Thomas being tackled at the 39 after a 40-yard return and Griffin lying back near the 20 in pain.
I was standing on the field at the time near where Griffin was being attended to on the field and judging by his reaction it was clear the injury was a significant one. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Griffin tore his ACL. Though vikings.com cannot confirm Griffin’s specific injury, the report meshes with what Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said about Griffin while meeting with reporters on Tuesday.
“I think Ced will end up having surgery here in the next week or so,” Childress said. “He’s got to get some strength back and some range of motion back before they will go ahead and do that surgery. So those are typically six to nine month deals. Everybody heals a little bit differently, so he’ll be right on the edge (of being ready for training camp) I’m sure.”
If Griffin doesn’t get to the point where he can perform at his standard level for training camp, the Vikings might consider placing him on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which will keep him on the roster but will open up another active roster spot for the team to use during training camp and the first 8 weeks of the season.
Having just finished his 4th season out of the University of Texas, Griffin had a career-high 4 INTs in 2009 and stepped up his game in Antoine Winfield’s absence during the season. At 6-0, 203 pounds, Griffin is a big CB and is a fierce tackler who hits hard and loves being physical. He’s also one of the more likable players on the team.
Here’s to a speedy recovery for Ced.
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The #1 question surround the Vikings this offseason, at least until it’s answered, is “Will Brett Favre be back?”
We’ll save our speculation on it for another day and point out instead that Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress told reporters at Winter Park on Tuesday that he doesn’t have a timeline for a decision from Favre and that he won’t be surprised with the future Hall of Famer’s decision either way.
I just visited with him this morning in the training room,” Childress said. “He’s been here for a couple days getting treatment. (He’s) pretty beat up after that game, even though he was not sacked. But we didn’t really have any meaningful conversation about what’s next aside from he was catching a plane to head home late this morning.”
Asked if any delay in Favre’s decision would make planning more difficult, Childress indicated that the tea m would be fine either way in regard to the salary cap and later in the press conference he said the team would address the issue of bringing a 3rd QB with them to camp when they knew more about Favre’s status.
Childress was then asked what his expectation was regarding Favre’s decision.
“I don’t have an expectation,” Childress said. “I know that he had a great experience here. I know it too well to know that the emotions are a little bit raw right now, that we’re still too close to it. He’s earned his time to be able to step away from it and talk to his family and figure out what he wants to do. I don’t have a strong expectation one way or the other. It would not surprise me one way or the other.”
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