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Cedric Griffin believes in miracles

Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin suffered a torn ACL on the kickoff that launched overtime of the NFC title game.  He has spent the offseason rehabbing the injury, trying to beat the clock and get ready for training camp or, at the latest, the launch of the regular season on September 9.

According to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com, Griffin is holding out hope for a “miraculous comeback.”  That said, he’s realistic about the limited time that he has to get back to 100 percent.

“I know when I get back, I’ll be back in my role and I’ll be taking my [starting] spot,” Griffin said. “But right now, I’m just trying to go
with the process and make sure that everything’s OK and not trying to
rush anything.”

With the Vikings adding Lito Sheppard via free agency the day before the draft, it’s no longer a no-brainer that Griffin automatically will be re-inserted into the starting lineup once he’s healthy.  He’s apparently trying not to let Sheppard’s presence push him too hard.

“I’m a competitive guy, and I love to compete,” Griffin said.  “I
love to come out here and watch practice and see if I can do the same
drills they’re doing.  So, they have to hold me back a little bit, but at
the same time, I push myself definitely to the limits, for sure.”

Fifteen years ago, Hall of Fame cornerback Rod Woodson tore and ACL in Week One of the regular season and played in the Super Bowl.  But Woodson’s case is the exception; it typically takes a full nine months to make it all the way back, and that would put Griffin’s timetable into late October.

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  1. Bud Grant says: May 28, 2010 7:42 AM

    Reports from yesterday’s OTA’s are that Griffin was warming up without a sleeve or brace on his knee (but went inside for rehab after warm ups) and that he can cut on that leg. Assuming no setbacks, he could be back in late September.
    Video from the OTA also showed EJ Henderson warming up with no signs of a limp. EJ will be back–he is a warrior.

  2. jallen69 says: May 28, 2010 7:44 AM

    Hope he can make it back and be 100% at the start of the year. Go Vikes!

  3. PULL&SEAL says: May 28, 2010 8:02 AM

    After 30 or so years of futility, every Viking has to believe in miracles. That’s what gets them up in the morning and off to work.

  4. Bob NeIson says: May 28, 2010 8:18 AM

    The real miracle would be if my Extenze actually worked.

  5. se18a29 says: May 28, 2010 8:25 AM

    Vicodin gets the Saints up and going everyday.

  6. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: May 28, 2010 8:32 AM

    Griffin better not play until after week 10. that injury cannot be rushed.
    i’m sure the usual packer fans will find ways to demonize the vikings on this post.

  7. RC IV says: May 28, 2010 8:36 AM

    PULL&SEAL says:
    May 28, 2010 8:02 AM
    After 30 or so years of futility, every Viking has to believe in miracles. That’s what gets them up in the morning and off to work.
    ================================
    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Packers haven’t won for 14 years. It’s always nice if your team has been relevant in the last decade, before you rip on another team…..that wouldn’t be you packer turds though, would it?

  8. AtTheMurph says: May 28, 2010 9:16 AM

    30 or so years of futility??? How about 50.

  9. Backlund in 2012 says: May 28, 2010 10:02 AM

    Well, Insane Clown Posse believes in Miracles, so why not Cedric Griffin?
    “F@cking magnets, how do they work?” – real men of genius…..

  10. PULL&SEAL says: May 28, 2010 10:33 AM

    RC IV says:
    May 28, 2010 8:36 AM
    PULL&SEAL says:
    May 28, 2010 8:02 AM
    After 30 or so years of futility, every Viking has to believe in miracles. That’s what gets them up in the morning and off to work.
    ================================
    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Packers haven’t won for 14 years. It’s always nice if your team has been relevant in the last decade, before you rip on another team…..that wouldn’t be you packer turds though, would it?
    Packers: 12 championships, and the Superbowl Trophy just happens to be named after one of their many legends.
    Vikings: nothing but a long and painful series of blunders, mistakes, and chokes when it matters most.
    Anymore questions?

  11. cheeseweasel says: May 28, 2010 11:32 AM

    Pull n’ Squeal-12 “Championships” when there were 6 or 8 teams? When they wore leather helmets, wool sweater jerseys, and played hung over? Big ‘effin deal. Not exactly “modern era football” Didnt they go 27 years of your life without a playoff appearance? Yes.

  12. CleanSlaton says: May 28, 2010 11:39 AM

    good luck with the knee, Ced.
    Hook’Em

  13. TiceWasBetter says: May 28, 2010 12:21 PM

    Pull&Seal
    The Vikings won the last NFL Championship vs the Browns in 1969.
    Of the the Packers 12 championship 8 are considered the same as the one the Vikings won in ’69, the Packers other four are super bowl trophies.
    Oh, and Brett Favre is currently under contract with the Minnesota Vikings, just thought I’d inform ya of that too.

  14. PurpleRaid12 says: May 28, 2010 12:55 PM

    Thank you TiceWasBetter, Packer fans are the biggest hypocrites in the entire NFL. The Championship the Vikings won in 69 doesn’t ‘count’ to them, but all the ones from 1920-1968 they claim count. So either you have 12 Championships, played against a conference with a total of ten teams mind you, not to mention a franchise 40 years OLDER than the Vikings, or you just have 3 Super Bowls but you don’t have both…. I guess it’s safe to assume that Packer fans would enjoy winning a Spelling Bee full of 4th graders at the age of 23, IF THATS EVEN POSSIBLE.

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