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Updated: October 9th, 2011 12:10pm
Cedric Griffin doesn't get start for Vikings against Arizona

Cedric Griffin doesn't get start for Vikings against Arizona

by Judd Zulgad
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The surprises continued Sunday at the Metrodome.

Just over an hour after wide receiver Bernard Berrian was made a surprise inactive for the Minnesota Vikings' game against the Arizona Cardinals, cornerback Cedric Griffin did not get the start at his usual spot on the right side.

There was no immediate word if Griffin did not start for disciplinary or performance reasons. He gave up a key touchdown to Dwayne Bowe in the fourth quarter of the Vikings' 22-17 loss last Sunday at Kansas City.

It appeared the move was indeed disciplinary when Griffin was inserted at his usual spot for the second series of the first quarter by coach Leslie Frazier.

The decision to not start Griffin was especially surprising because starting left corner Antoine Winfield already was out because of neck injury. That meant second-year player Chris Cook started in place of Winfield at the left corner and Asher Allen started at the right corner.

Marcus Sherels was used in the nickel package.

With Griffin back in the game, the nickel consisted of Cook, Griffin and Allen as the cornerbacks on the field. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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