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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