Cedric Griffin will suit up for the Vikings and play tonight, his first action since tearing his ACL against the Jets on October 11, 2010. If Griffin is able to make it all the way back, he will have the distinction of returning from not one but two ACL tears, his first having come in the latter stages of the nightmarish NFC title game against the Saints. The Vikings are banking on Griffin returning to the form he showed in 2009 when he developed into one of the better cornerbacks in the league, and helped the Vikes to a 12-4 record and a runner-up finish in the NFC.
When healthy Griffin is a sure tackler and a capable coverage man. After losing Griffin in 2010 the Vikings tried to fill in with a combination of youthful Asher Allen and veterans Frank Walker and Lito Sheppard, but no one they tried was able to give the consistent, solid effort they saw from Griffin before the injury. Needless to say, Griffin’s health is key to the Vikings in 2011. With Griffin they have a shot at fielding a decent professional secondary, but without him they will be in trouble.