Posted by Andy Benoit
When Cedric Griffin tore his ACL in the NFC Championship loss at New Orleans, no one would have imagined that he’d be playing his next game on that same Superdome field. But such appears to be the case.
Griffin, Minnesota’s top corner, has been listed as questionable all week. But with rookie Chris Cook now out with his own knee injury, Pro Football Talk says Griffin will be in the lineup Thursday night.
Cook was expected to start opposite veteran Antoine Winfield. Don’t expect Griffin to start. The Vikings will likely go with Pro Bowler turned journeyman Lito Sheppard, a veteran in the Cover 2 scheme but also somewhat of a training camp disappointment. Asher Allen could fill the nickel duties (which he did a few times as a third-round rookie last season).
The Saints, of course, willingly employ four-receiver sets, so even if Griffin is only the No. 4 corner, expect him to see a fair amount of action.
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