Of all the losses the Vikings sustained from last year's team -- Robert Smith, Todd Steussie, Dwayne Rudd, John Randle, Tony Williams, Korey Stringer -- one player who still made the defense something to worry about was Robert Griffith.
However, that is a thing of the past for the time being. On the opening play of Sunday's game at Chicago, Griffith broke his right fibula and, depending on who you spoke to after the game, he may be out as few as five games or as much as the entire season. He is being reavluated today before a full diagnosis is made.
The injury came on a special teams play in which Griffith didn't make contact with anyone. It was ironic that a VU reporter in the preseason asked why Griffith, an All Pro safety, was still playing kick coverage on special teams. The answer at the time was that players like Griffith and Jim Kleinsasser were going to be phased out of special teams duties. It looks like it wasn't soon enough.
VU will update the condition on Griffith when it becomes available.
* One of the biggest problems the Vikings have had with the local media is the perception that it's "us against them." While there is some validity to the argument, some columnists in the Twin Cities take great pains to assault Dennis Green at every turn, at times Green gives them fodder for the cannons.
Case in point: following Sunday's loss to Chicago, some players hinted that in his postgame talk to the team, Green indicated that the high-visibility players shouldn't talk to the media. Cris Carter, who didn't do his talking on the field Sunday, also urged players not to talk -- giving the impression that the Vikings don't want to help out anyone simply doing their jobs in reporting on the games.
Green's autobiography is called "No Room for Crybabies." Is there a difference between a crybaby and a player who refuses to talk because his team lost? We're not sure.
* The Vikings have still scored just 10 points in the first quarter of six games this season.
* Orlando Thomas got the 22nd interception of his career, moving him into a tie for seventh on the all-time Vikings list with John Turner.
Griffith May Miss Just Five or Six Weeks
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