Childress Updates CB Griffin’s Injury

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 27, 2010 – 10:03 am

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 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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21 Responses to “Childress Updates CB Griffin’s Injury”

  1. By Thor on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    That gives us some room to bring on an extra safety/corner to test the waters and try to continue improving the passing D. I’d love to see someone who’ll move to the ball and make a play. For the past few years I haven’t been seeing that out of our guys. They seem to make an effort to stay in front of the receiver, allow the catch, but few yards beyond it. Isn’t it about time we start creating some more turnovers through the air? I don’t even recall one interception we had that wasn’t the result of a high tip, or a ball that was extremely off target and landed directly in the defense’s hands.

    Heal up fast tho Griff. Your play has been improving and is becoming essential to the success of our D.

  2. By Vikings Fan from Afar (West) on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Get well soon, Cedric Griffin. You’re a good guy and you deserve to be back to your own healthy self as soon as possible.

  3. By bxviking on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    He had a great season.Hope surgery is a success and he comes back 100 percent.God bless you Cedric

  4. By NDVikesFAn on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Best wishes to Ced for a speedy recovery-he is fast becoming one of the best cover CB’s in the league-how many times did people throw at him in the last half of the season? Not many.

  5. By Stacie on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Praying for a speedy recovery for you Cedric, you have proven your worth through all the great plays this season!! Need you back next season!!

  6. By purplehorn on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Did anybody see the injury happen? Was it a dirty shot? Hope you heal soon Cedric. We need you man!!!!

  7. By TW Vike on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    purplehorn- If it envolved the Saints I am sure it was dirty shot ! They dont know any better.GO COLTS !

  8. By PAVikesFan on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    No, it was not a dirty shot. It happened on the kickoff in OT. He was running down to cover the kick and he planted at full speed and his knee gave out. Not that this makes it any easier to take, but knowing that had we won and not having him vs. Indy, we would have gotten torched by #18. The troubling thing is, our defense is in for quite a scare next year. Pat Williams may retire, Kevin Williams will most likey serve a 4 game suspension form the ’08 season, Winfield may be past his prime, we have 2 of our key players in EJ and Griffin coming off f major leg injuries. We need to focus primarily on the defense in the off-season, via draft and free-agency. We could in for a rude awakening

  9. By Jenni on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hope you get well soon Ced! You’re good guy/good player and an asset to our team! God Bless You as you have surgery and recover in the offseason.


  10. By Zazzle on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings are 50 years old….wow….and still no Super Bowl….
    But the Vikes are in good company…Detroit hasn’t won one either.

  11. By Zazzle on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Brett’s on the ground, Brett’s on the ground, everybody likes it when Brett’s on the ground. Maybe one of the Cowboy players paid a bounty to the Saints to take Brett out….Hmmmm, you never know.

  12. By Vikings Stink on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Tuesday Morning Quarterback,on His Favreness…

    “Hamartia. The ‘tragic flaw’ described by Aristotle: A leader cannot control his own inner shortcoming, which causes him to achieve the reverse of what he desired. In ‘Antigone,’ the king, Creon, tells himself he is acting in the interest of the city, when actually he is acting to glorify his own ego — this hamartia destroys him. Favre comes up a bit short of a character in ancient Thebes, but on Sunday he was brought low by hamartia all the same. It was not enough for Favre’s team to reach the Super Bowl, he had to get the credit. All he needed to do was run a few yards, hook-slide, call timeout, and the Vikings’ kicker, Ryan Longwell,had a chance to win the game. But the credit had to go to Favre; he had to throw a spectacular pass at the end, so television announcers would swoon. So he heave-hoed a dramatic across-the-field pass. It was intercepted, and the Saints won in overtime.”

    Hey, Bart Fever, we’ll never forget you.

  13. By Kevin WI on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Another injured player from another cheap hit the Refs missed.

  14. By VikeOfsthun on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Go Cedric get well as next year I see great things out of you. 8 ints with 2 run back for td’s take care.

  15. By VikeOfsthun on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    If the Vikings stink so much then why are you on their web site. Get a grip of life and stick your comments in places no one wants to hear.

  16. By Lance on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Getting cedric back next season and E.J. will be huge.Let’s draft some talented dbs and help beef up our secondary.Bring Brett back and this team will be unstoppable. SKOL VIKES! Oh and any haters out there…keep your negative comments to yourself. When Cedric gets better he will gobble up some int. Get well buddy!

  17. By david doran on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    how would i get in contact with Cedric Griffin? I have something that belongs to him and would like to get it back to him? I know I won’t get a phone number now but an e-mail or something…..Thanks

  18. By vikes1980 on Jan 31, 2010 | Reply

    the vikes need to draft Taylor Mays and Kyle Wilson CB from Boise State…he is awesome… and that will help alot in the secondary..maybe a DT name dTerrence Cody from Alabama (if Pat Williams does retire)everything else is good..maybe a free agent or two…

  19. By vikes1980 on Jan 31, 2010 | Reply

    Favre never lost the game against the Saints, Brad Childress did…you gotta know how many playersd are on the field,especially in the critical of a moment.. oh yeah and the Saints got away with that low hit on Favres legs that the league has finally noticed and fined that guy…anywho,it should have never come down to Favre throwing the ball if Childress knew how to count to 11…

  20. By Chris on Feb 1, 2010 | Reply

    he was injured by an illegal block in the back, watch the game…he was clearly pushed from behind and thats when he was injured or caused the injury the saints are dirty plain and simple

  21. By Chris on Feb 1, 2010 | Reply

    hey vikes1980 how many 1st round draft picks do we have? 3? how in the world are we gunna get 3 possible 1st round players?

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