Waiting For Griffith

While the Vikings wait for run-stopper Robert Griffith to heal, they've got another safety who feels more comfortable on the strong side in Tyrone Carter.

Although Robert Griffith is not expected to play against the Eagles, the Vikings released safety Henry Jones during the bye week. Griffith is recovering from a broken right leg he suffered in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

At midweek, Griffith was listed as questionable for the Eagles game. "Questionable means that when we go in pads (Wednesday), a guy (listed as) questionable would not wear pads," Green said. "We put a guy as probable, he might not wear pads but we expect him to go full speed (Thursday). Griff will not go full speed (Thursday). I think that he is getting used to getting back on the field.

"I'm happy we are outdoors. We're getting some great weather, so he is able to practice on grass. So that will be good for him. But he's probably a week away."

In the meantime, second-year man Tyrone Carter is slated as Griffith's primary backup. Carter entered the Philadelphia game with eight tackles and three passes defensed.

"Tyrone played a lot for us last year," Green said. "He played free safety and now he's back at strong safety. He's been playing a lot of football. I think he's doing a good job for us. It's very difficult to be right all of the time when you are only a second-year player. So, I think he has worked hard at making the right decisions and being real active."

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