Griffin looking to move forward

Cedric Griffin has apologized for his arrest in August and is looking to move forward. Brad Childress said the issue has been dealt with from a team standpoint.

Cedric Griffin apologized Thursday for his role in a drunk driving arrest in August that went unreported by the local media until he was sentenced Wednesday.

Griffin was arrested in Eden Prairie Aug. 30. He allegedly pulled his car over on his own because he didn't feel it was safe to continue driving. He was found in his car by police and arrested for driving under the influence.

Griffin agreed to a plea deal that resulted in a $300 fine and two days of community service on a work crew to be performed some time over the next six months.


The Vikings unveiled a new wrinkle to their nickel defense in the second quarter of Monday night's game against the Packers. Facing a Packers offense that featured Aaron Rodgers in the shotgun and an empty backfield, the Vikings shifted Jared Allen from right to left end, had normal left end Ray Edwards as a tackle, had Kevin Williams as tackle and brought linebacker Ben Leber up to the line of scrimmage on the right side.

Only Williams had his hand on the ground at the snap for the third-and-11 play.

When Rodgers dropped back to pass, Leber dropped into coverage and Allen, Williams, Edwards, linebacker E.J. Henderson and nickel back Benny Sapp all applied pressure. The Vikings used a similar look once more in the second half.

Interestingly, Allen spent much of that second-quarter series playing left end instead of right end as the Vikings attempted to confuse the Packers.


  • Congress plans to conduct a hearing next month on the case of Kevin Williams and Pat Williams and the StarCaps-related suspensions that are currently under appeal. A House subcommittee is set to look into the issue.

  • Guard Steve Hutchinson returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday but is still being hampered by a back injury that has kept him out of practices over the last two weeks.

  • Wide receiver Darius Reynaud, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, was absent from practice for a second straight day tending to what the team is a terming "a family matter."

  • Brett Favre remained limited in practice with what is being described as a foot/ankle/knee injury (can lower body injury be far behind?). Griffin (Hand) and Erin Henderson (calf) were also limited for a second straight day.

  • Rookie Phil Loadholt was added to the injury report Thursday because of an ankle injury that reduced his practice time Thursday.

  • For the Rams, QB Marc Bulger was limited for a second straight day with an injury to his throwing shoulder and it is looking more and more likely that backup Kyle Boller will start against the Vikings Sunday.

  • Three Rams wide receivers – Donnie Avery, Keenan Burton and Ruvell Martin – are on the injury list for St. Louis. Avery and Martin were limited in practice while Burton did not participate.

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