Cedric Griffin leaves with knee injury, departs stadium on crutches
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin left Monday's game against the New York Jets after hurting his right knee, and early indications are the injury may be significant.
Griffin, who had his other knee reconstructed in January, was injured while making a tackle with 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. He shook his head as he walked off with help from trainers and then received attention on the training table, where he watched the rest of the game.
Later, teammate after teammate consoled Griffin with looks of shock and sadness as he moved slowly through the locker room on crutches. He told reporters only that "it's something new. It ain't the same (knee)."
Coach Brad Childress said he didn't know the significance of the injury.
"I just know he wasn't able to continue and wasn't able to finish," Childress said, "and he was playing decent football right there."
With rookie Chris Cook already sidelined by his second knee surgery in six weeks, Asher Allen had opened the game at left cornerback with the nickel defense. Once Griffin was out, Allen replaced him at right cornerback and Lito Sheppard joined the nickel package -- the same way the Vikings played the season's first two games, when Cook and Griffin were out.
Earlier, backup end Brian Robison injured right ankle with 7:49 to go in the second quarter and couldn't put any pressure on it as he hopped off the field.
Robison left the field on a cart. His return was announced as questionable and he later returned to teh bench in pads, but he didn't play again.