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
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.