After Cedric Griffin tore his ACL in the conference title game, we were told there was a good chance he wouldn’t be ready for the start of the season.
True to what we’d heard, Cedric began training camp on the PUP list. He remained inactive throughout camp and the preseason, though he did reportedly work out extensively on the side.
When preseason ended, the Vikings had to decide whether to keep Cedric on the 53-man roster or PUP him (forcing him to sit out the first six games). They finally elected to keep him on the roster, a signal that, maybe, he would be ready to play sooner rather than later.
Now we’ve received another signal that, indeed, Cedric could be on target to begin the season on the field. It comes from defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who told the media he will not rule Cedric out for Thursday.
As it stands now, the Vikes have only 3 healthy corners to go up against Drew Brees and the Saints‘ high-powered offense. Ideally, you would like at least four reliable guys (and then you pray no one gets hurt).
The Vikings’ choice is clear right now: Play a less-than-100% Cedric Griffin at 4th cornerback, or sign someone off the street who will have only a couple days of practice to get ready. If Cedric can drag himself onto the field at all, I say play him.
Or, better yet, have Jared Allen break Drew Brees in half.