Minnesota Vikings: Injuries Will Cost Them a Spot in the Playoffs

Candice HareContributor IIIOctober 12, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings wipes his forehead as he walks on the field in the second half against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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With all of the talk about Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre's off-field issues, it is easy to overlook the key injuries that are beginning to pile up in Minnesota. 

Favre, for example, was seen grabbing the elbow on his throwing arm several times during the second half of the Vikings loss to the New York Jets on Monday night. After the game, Favre stated that his right elbow felt worse during the game against the Jets than in any of the previous games this season. The pain in Favre's elbow has been attributed to tendinitis, which would be tough for any player to overcome midseason, let alone a 41-year-old. 

The Vikings were dealt a major blow on Monday night when CB Cedric Griffin suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, which will force him to miss the rest of the season. Griffen tore the ACL in his left knee during the NFC championship game last season against the New Orleans Saints, and he missed the first two games of this season as a result. This is a huge loss because the Vikings are already thin at cornerback and Griffin had been playing well prior to his latest injury. 

Who will replace Griffin? That would be rookie Chris Cook, except that he is also injured. Cook suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during Minnesota's game against the Detroit Lions. Cook had the same injury in his right knee during the preseason, and he missed the first two games while recovering from that injury. Cook is expected to miss at least one more game. 

The most talked about Vikings injury was WR Sidney Rice's hip injury, which required surgery. The good news is that, according to TE Visanthe Shiancoe's Twitter page, Rice is no longer using crutches. The bad news is that there still isn't a timetable for Rice's return. 

Minnesota's next five games are against the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals and the Chicago Bears.

With such key losses on their roster, the Vikings could find themselves out of playoff contention after Week 10.