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Updated: October 12th, 2010 2:37pm
Cedric Griffin tears ACL, done for season

Cedric Griffin tears ACL, done for season

by Tom Pelissero
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The reactions of teammates on the sideline and in the locker room on Tuesday said it all.

For the second time in 8½ months, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin's season is over because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to multiple reports.

Coach Brad Childress confirmed Tuesday afternoon Griffin has a "significant knee injury" and is done for the year.

"At the point I talked to him last night, late in the night ... I think he was in a little bit of a fog," Childress said. "He was in (Tuesday) morning, got in and got out of here pretty quickly, which we wanted to facilitate. I think he's probably taking it all in right now. ... It's probably kind of a 'why me' thing right now."

This time, the injury is to Griffin's right knee, which he injured on a play with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter of Monday's loss to the New York Jets. He walked off the field shaking his head, watched the rest of the game for the training table and left the locker room room on crutches.

Griffin, 27, had returned to game action only 15 days earlier in a game against the Detroit Lions after rehabbing the torn ACL in his left knee he suffered in the NFC championship game Jan. 24 at New Orleans.

His new injury leaves the Vikings again with only three healthy cornerbacks -- Antoine Winfield, Asher Allen and Lito Sheppard -- because rookie Chris Cook is recovering from a second minor knee surgery and probably will miss at least one more game.

Childress said the Vikings are considering "a whole bunch of roster moves" to address depth at multiple spots, but he also wouldn't rule out Cook for Sunday's game against Dallas.

"He was out here moving around (Tuesday) morning, and certainly he is way more comfortable right now than he was at this point from his (Aug. 29) procedure on the other side," Childress said of Cook, who tore a meniscus in his right knee in the third preseason game and a similar but less significant injury in his left knee Sept. 26 against Detroit.

"Just remains to be seen. He'll be out there in practice this week, and we'll just see how he comes back (Wednesday) from (Tuesday)'s movement, how he practices through the week, and there's a chance he makes it to this weekend. We talked about that (Tuesday) morning, is he needs to push with the idea that he's going to make it to the weekend, and then he and we will decide whether he makes it to the weekend."

Whenever Cook is healthy, he's the most likely candidate to take over the starting job at right cornerback. Allen started the Vikings' first two games there while Griffin and Cook were out and finished Monday's game there as well.

More injuries

• The status of C John Sullivan (calf), who didn't suit up on Monday, remains up in the air. "I wish I knew that," Childress said. "Potentially, he could make it back this week. The thing just hasn't settled down the way we want it to, and I don't know if it'll settle down. We're using every means necessary." Jon Cooper, who replaced Ryan Cook in the second half, now is ahead of Cook at the position, Childress said.

• Childress said the Vikings will consider putting QB Brett Favre (elbow) back on a pitch count in practice, but he didn't think Favre's inaccuracy on Monday was a product of tendinitis. "I don't think he's going to put it off as a tendinitis thing," Childress said. "He missed some throws that he generally makes."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 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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