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Leslie Frazier says Vikings won't have Cedric Griffin for Week One

Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin has expressed nothing but optimism about the pace of his recovery from a torn ACL suffered in the NFC Championship Game. But Griffin’s coaches aren’t as optimistic.

Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier says Griffin won’t be on the field for the Vikings’ Week One game against the New Orleans Saints.

“We’re going to be missing one guy in that first game — Cedric Griffin won’t be participating,” Frazier said, per Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. “He was a big part of our success a year ago.”

That contradicts what Griffin himself has said about his recovery: Griffin pronounced himself “ready to play football right now” over the weekend.

But while the Vikings still have more than a month to make a final determination about Griffin’s availability for the opener, Frazier’s assessment will probably turn out to be the correct one: Wes Welker’s extraordinarily fast recovery from a torn ACL notwithstanding, it’s extremely rare for a player to suffer such a serious knee injury and be back to speed in less than eight months. The Vikings would have to be thrilled to get Griffin back on the field any time in the first six weeks of the season.

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12 Responses to “Leslie Frazier says Vikings won't have Cedric Griffin for Week One”
  1. sand0 says: Aug 2, 2010 2:11 PM

    I like that Griffin has the always ready to go personality but it is the smart thing to wait until he is fully ready. Vikings are still fine at corner but right now there isn’t any depth without Griffin so guys need to stay healthy.

  2. imissmydeadspin says: Aug 2, 2010 2:11 PM

    Very happy they have a veteran in Sheppard to take that role if Griffin can’t go.

  3. last time here says: Aug 2, 2010 2:11 PM

    Looks like Sheppard will have to step in. It’s good to have a veteran like him to add some stability.
    Cue Jimmy’s verbatim rant blaming Chilly and Bobby’s ad nauseum idiotic list of prattle.

  4. JimmySmith says: Aug 2, 2010 2:12 PM

    That’s a huge blow (sorry about the pun Viking fans, but sometimes you can use that word without describing Chilly’s special skills to get Favre back)
    If the Vikings couldn’t beat the Saints with Griffen, how can they expect to cover their receivers without him. I think Vegas will wait for official confirmation before changing the line.

  5. BrentFavre says: Aug 2, 2010 2:25 PM

    “imissmydeadspin says:
    August 2, 2010 2:11 PM
    Very happy they have a veteran in Sheppard to take that role if Griffin can’t go.”
    —-
    Happy to have the vet that was embarassed last season? Stick a fork in him, he’s done.

  6. Flvikesfan says: Aug 2, 2010 2:27 PM

    Jimmy…they beat the Saints by AP simply hanging on to the freaking ball!! That’s all it takes, no AP fumbles & the NFC title game is a blow win for the Vikes…even a Packers fan can see that.

  7. BrentFavre says: Aug 2, 2010 2:42 PM

    Flvikesfan says:
    August 2, 2010 2:27 PM
    Jimmy…they beat the Saints by AP simply hanging on to the freaking ball!! That’s all it takes, no AP fumbles & the NFC title game is a blow win for the Vikes…even a Packers fan can see that.
    ______
    Give me a break. How many teams can say woulda, could or shoulda?

  8. TheDeepFriedFetusEaters says: Aug 2, 2010 2:45 PM

    The saints are going down that game. With or without dude.

  9. purpleguy says: Aug 2, 2010 2:53 PM

    They’re plenty deep at CB, it’s the WR position that’s starting to bug me.
    As for woulda, coulda, shouldas, we’re used to it here on Vike posts, since cheesers have perfected the art the last two years in explaining their failure to win the NFCN — or beat Lord Favre.

  10. SF Saints Fan says: Aug 2, 2010 2:59 PM

    I guess that will be the excuse this year from Vikings fans….. after the Saints win the opener.

  11. Flvikesfan says: Aug 2, 2010 3:02 PM

    BrentFavre…try to stay on topic here, we are talking about one specific game Vikes vs Saints, not ALL of the other teams who failed to make the NFC Title Game. One game.

  12. Nagasakee says: Aug 2, 2010 3:07 PM

    The word out of Vikings camp (still VERY early of course) is that #2 pick Cook has been amazing, and that perhaps the Vikes are not as weak as feared at CB without Griffin after all.

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