Griffen has been back for the Vikings’ offseason conditioning program that entered its second week and says he never had shoulder surgery and is ready to work.
“I’m 100 percent you could say. I’m 100 percent participation, benching, squat and doing everything,” Griffen said. “It’s feeling good. Just getting back to where I needed to be and just ready to play ball.”
Griffen suffered a shoulder injury last year but he missed only one game during the season. Yet he was one of the players the Vikings were concerned might need surgery after the season. Instead, he avoided the surgery and is back at work, even in the early voluntary stages of the offseason program.
“In football, it’s all about staying healthy – longevity. The biggest thing for us right now is that’s why you prepare your body,” he said. “You put your body through this rigorous lifting and running and the mental aspect of it to be able to go out there and throw your body into the pile. Injuries happen in football, but the biggest thing is making sure your body is flexible, mobile to not get injured.”
His missed game last year didn’t have anything to do with his shoulder. Instead, he had a heart situation that required medical attention, but he returned to action the following week.
He has missed only that game in his last five seasons.