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Updated: December 31st, 2010 1:40pm
Cedric Griffin plans to resume running next week: 'I'm doing well'

Cedric Griffin plans to resume running next week: 'I'm doing well'

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Cedric Griffin expects to begin running on a turf with a brace next week as he continues his latest recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Griffin -- who blew out his left knee in January, rehabilitated and then blew out his right knee in his second game back on Oct. 11 -- was named the Minnesota Vikings' Ed Block Courage Award winner on Friday.

Teammates vote on the award, which honors players who "exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage," and Griffin probably stands a good chance of winning two years in a row.

"I'm two months and three weeks out," Griffin said in his first session with reporters since the second injury.

"I'm back in the weight room doing leg lifts and in the pool running. I'm a little ahead of schedule from last year. Well, this year actually. Kind of funny. But I'm doing well."

Griffin, 28, said he once again tore only the ACL, with no other ligament or meniscus damage that could extend his recovery time.

Unlike after the first injury, which happened on special teams and left him throwing his helmet on the sideline, Griffin said he felt no anger when he got hurt again at New Meadowlands Stadium against the New York Jets.

"The only time was when it happened during the Saints game," Griffin said. "On the bench, I was frustrated, I had some resentment, I was mad, I was angry at people. It cleared up once I got in the locker room. I realized what I was doing and how I was acting. That's just not who I am.

"This one was nothing like that. When I hurt it, I knew I tore my ACL. I was like, 'Let's just get my rehab going.'"

The Vikings thought enough of Griffin to sign him to a five-year, $28.5 million contract extension in March 2009. He's due $3.4 million in salary and bonuses next season.

Asked if he can be the same player with two reconstructed knees, Griffin said, "No question. It's all about how you work. That's life, man. If you get fired from a job, then you can go to another job and be successful. It's the same way as injuries. It depends on how hard you work.

"I'm a hard worker. I'm a competitor. I won't let anyone discourage me or tell me that I can't do something. That's how I've been my whole life."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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