Griffin: I'll be ready for regular season

Coming off successful surgery to repair his torn left ACL, cornerback Cedric Griffin said he expects to be ready for the start of the 2010 regular season. Training camp? That might be another story.

Cedric Griffin said he expects to be ready for the start of the 2010 regular season after having surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left leg.

In an interview with Star-Tribune columnist Sid Hartman, Griffin said the surgery went well and, given the timetable of a five- to eight-month recovery period, he expects to be back on the field in time for training camp if things go well or September under a worst-case scenario.

"The doctors and trainers looked at it and there wasn't too much swelling and surgery went quick and easy," Griffin said. "Everyone is pretty excited. Just based off what everyone says, (the rehab time is) anywhere from five to eight months – anywhere in that range. I'm looking more in the range of six months, so I'm definitely going to be getting busy this offseason."

Griffin was injured covering the opening kickoff of overtime in the NFC Championship Game and said when he tried to make a cut, his leg instantly went numb. It was clear the injury was substantial. As Griffin lay on the field at the Superdome, he slammed his helmet on the turf and it bounced about 10 yards before coming to a rest. Given the severity of his injury, he wasn't penalized for the move, because the officials immediately knew there was an injury-related issue.

Griffin has already begun the rehabilitation process at Winter Park and, while he is confident he will be ready for the start of the regular season, he is expected to start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.


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