Minnesota Vikings Injury: Cedric Griffin Out For Season With Torn ACL

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IOctober 12, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Cedric Griffin #23 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts after getting injured during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Another devastating blow for a team that was starting to show slight signs of promise for the rest of the season.

Griffin's agent confirmed that his client will be out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, the opposite knee that Griffin injured last season.

Cedric went down in the second half against the Jets on Monday night, and you could tell from the start that it didn't look good.

Griffin limped off the field with assistance from two medical personnel, which signified how painful the injury was.

Before the 2009 season, Cedric signed a five-year, $28.5 million contract extension that looked like a great move at the time.

It's not often that a player can come back and do well after one ACL tear, let alone tearing it in back-to-back years.

Griffin was a key essential to Minnesota being currently ranked sixth against the pass, giving up an average of only 185 yards per game.

He totaled eight tackles and a pass deflection in his two, and only, starts.

Cedric came back in week three from the injury he suffered in the NFC Championship. After two games, he will have to rehab once against for next year.

With Chris Cook not expected back for another two weeks, the Vikings are very thin at cornerback once again.

Asher Allen will likely move into the starting lineup with Lito Sheppard moving into the nickel cornerback role.

This is definitely not a good sign after the way Allen played last night. He looked like a dear in the headlights at numerous points throughout Monday night's contest.

It'll be a huge surprise if the Vikings do not sign a free agent for depth purposes for the next couple weeks.

Until Chris Cook returns from his injury, Minnesota's secondary is looking disastrous for the time being.

Everyone should fully expect Cedric to be fully healthy for week one of the 2011 season if he's still on the roster, which he likely will be.

I strongly would advise against the Vikings releasing him because he's been injury-prone over the last two years.

Minnesota cannot afford to whine if they cannot make up for the loss. They just need to make adjustments to fill the hole.

If more updates come about, I will make them known to everybody.

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