A long offseason of CBA and lockout rhetoric has coaches and players extra anxious to get back out on the field at 2011 Verizon Vikings Training Camp. But there might not be anyone more anxious than CB Cedric Griffin.
Griffin missed 14 games last year because of a knee injury and that came after he made a speedy recovery from the same kind of injury in the 2009 NFC Championship Game. So for two straight offseasons, Griffin was aggressively rehabbing a knee injury that ended his season the year prior.
“I’m definitely anxious to get back to playing football, just due to last season and missing quite a few games,” Griffin said. “But I’m back and ready to go. We’re going to have fun this year.”
If you know Griffin, you know that he truly is anxious to get back out on the field. Standing on the field during the ’09 Championship Game, it was disheartening to see Griffin get hurt on the kickoff to open overtime. Then last season, it was even more disheartening to see Griffin incur the same injury again.
There aren’t many players who love to play more than Griffin. He aggressively rehabbed his first knee injury to the point where he had to be held back a bit. But Griffin’s determination could not be contained and he completed the recovery process in time to return early last season. That same determination will have him ready to go this season.
Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier had some good news on Griffin Sunday; he said Griffin won’t begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. But he also said the team would ease Griffin back into the flow of things.
“Based on what the doctors have told me, we kind of have to go slow early on,” Frazier said. “But we want to try to get him ready for that San Diego game. We can’t ask him to do everything that all other players are doing for this early part of camp. But we’re going to monitor his progress and take him along at a little slower pace than the rest of the players.”
With Griffin back in the fold, the Vikings CB position is instantly strengthened.
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