Cedric Griffin Torn ACL, Brian Robison Sprained Ankle
Cedric Griffin knew it immediately. With 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Griffin fell to the ground after making a tackle and pounded both of his fists on the New Jersey turf. His scream of frustration could be heard by teammates and trainers alike as he realized he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
In a Monday press conference, head coach Brad Childress confirmed that Griffin had suffered a significant knee injury and would miss the rest of the 2010 season.
This is the second season-ending knee injury in 8 1/2 months for the 27-year-old cornerback out of the University of Texas. Last season, Griffin tore the ACL in his left knee during an overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship. After a intensive offseason rehab, Griffin was able to return to the field a mere 15 days ago.
The unfortunate luck for Griffin leaves the Vikings with 3 healthy cornerbacks: Antoine Winfield, Asher Allen, and Lito Sheppard. Rookie second-round draft choice Chris Cook is on the med from a second knee injury this season. Speaking to reporters, Brad Childress was noncommittal on Cook’s chances of playing this week.
“It just remains to be seen,” Childress said. “He’ll get out there and practice this week and we’ll just see how he comes back tomorrow from today’s movement, how he practices this week and there’s a chance he makes it to this weekend.”
To add depth to the depleted secondary, the team re-signed Marcus Sherels to the practice squad. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher spent training camp and the preseason with the Vikings. Sherels was originally waived by the team on Septemeber 4, but re-signed to the practice squad 2 days later. Sherels was again waived on September 28, but was re-signed yesterday.
In other injury news, Brian Robison updated his injury status via his Twitter account:
“Update for you guys. Sprained ankle. I will work through the week 2 get it better. Thanks for ur support and prayers. I have the best tweeps,” Robison wrote.
Although Childress declined to provide any specifics, it does not appear that the former Texas Longhorn will miss significant time.
Childress was also unsure on center John Sullivan‘s return from a calf injury.
“I wish I knew that,” Childress said. “Potentially, he could make it back this week.”