CB Griffin Anxious To Get Back On The Field

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 1, 2011 – 9:18 am

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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13 Responses to “CB Griffin Anxious To Get Back On The Field”

  1. By skolpurpleandgold on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    It’ll be good to see 23 back on the field. He’s a good CB and could be a great one if it wasnt for these injuries. Stay health Griffin!

  2. By Carl K on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Good Luck Giffin. Love the photos Mike! thanks.

  3. By rye on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I’m excited about having both Griffin and Cook back. Our secondary should be MUCH improved as it was injured almost all of last year.

  4. By Don on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    yes and if you ask me i would like to start our rookie safety..

  5. By NY Viking on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Go Ced. So looking forward to seeing you back on the playing field where we need you most.

  6. By Cdn Viking Fan on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I love to watch this guy play. He bring a ton of energy, and is one of the elite when healthy.

  7. By Parody on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I agree that we’re better with Cedric on the field, but don’t see the “elite” player in him that others do. He’s reliable, but I think elite is over praising him. What I remember most about his play is that he keeps himself deep enough to avoid getting outrun by receivers, but because of that he rarely competes for the ball. Instead, the reciver gets a good chance of catching it uncontested, and then Griffin tackles him. It makes for minimal yards after the catch, but allows for higher completion percentages.

  8. By Taylormade on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Glad to see you back Griff. On another note, big #77 is still very missed. God bless Korey Stringer.

  9. By R McCullough on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    love to watch him play so ced get well

  10. By Woodboat on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    @ Parody… I couldn’t have put it better myself. He’s a poormans A Winfield. Winfield has the added ability of being a first class runstopper, but neither of them contest catches with any frequency.

  11. By James on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I hope the DB’s we drafted become better in the future. Cedric Griffin isn’t all that special. He doesn’t even contested pass. He just waits for the WR to catch the ball and then tackle him. He gets lucky every now and then and gets an INT when the QB over throws the ball.

  12. By NickAtNight on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Yeeeeeaaaaaahhhhh Buddy!

  13. By NickAtNight on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    @ james…… Whats wrong with keeping your man in front of you? At least hes not gettin torched down field. Hes the best coverage corner we have. watch some games and get educated on this guy. hes way better than you give him credit for!

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