Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin's 2010 season will go down as two games played after injuring his right knee Monday night against the New York Jets.
Head coach Brad Childress confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Griffin is out for the season.
"He's a good football player. He'll be sorely missed here," Childress said. "(He) had a significant knee injury."
Childress didn't confirm that Griffin tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, but he said "it's probably headed that way."
Griffin had worked his way back from a torn ACL in his left knee suffered in the NFC Championship Game Jan. 24 against the New Orleans Saints. He missed all of the preseason and the first two regular-season games before playing the team's third game against the Detroit Lions Sept. 26, when he went right back into the starting lineup and full-time duty.
Griffin left the locker room on crutches Monday night saying he didn't think it was the ACL, but Childress said he had a chance to talk to Griffin after the Vikings arrived back at their Winter Park practice facility around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
"At the point I talked to him last night, late in the night about 3:30 in the morning getting off the busses … I think he's in a little bit of fog, and he was this morning, and kind of wanted to get out of here fairly quickly, which we wanted to facilitate," Childress said. "I think he's probably just taking it all in right now. … It's probably kind of a ‘Why me?' thing right now."
Childress said there is no timetable for surgery at this point.
Griffin played more than expected in his return to the lineup on Sept. 26 and had four tackles, including one for a loss, and one pass defensed. On Monday night, he had five tackles and a pass defensed before the fourth-quarter injury.
Last year, Griffin led all Vikings with four interceptions and worked aggressively in the offseason to rehabilitate his injury. He was held out of training camp, but after spending the first two games of the regular season inactive, he made a strong showing before Monday night's injury.
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said last week that he didn't see any limitations in Griffin's game in his 2010 debut against the Lions.
"We went into it thinking maybe start him off a series or two and rotate some of the other guys in there. We also said we'd ask him after every series, ‘What do you think? How do you feel?' And he kept saying, ‘Hey, coach, I can go. I'm fine, no problems,'" Frazier said. "To my amazement, he finished the game, which none of us thought he'd be able to do. It's just a testament to his hard work along with what (trainer) Eric Sugarman and his staff had done to get him prepared to do what he did."
In his absence, the Vikings are hoping that rookie Chris Cook will be ready to play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys after missing last week following arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The Vikings are also looking at making some roster moves to account for injuries.
"We've got some spots we've got to address and we're game planning for Dallas here, we're trying to set roster, all those kind of parts," Childress said.
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