Griffin has spent much of his time since his surgery in February getting back into condition for when he is allowed to return to the team. But, with the regular-season opener still more than five weeks away, it would seem the injury isn't progressing as fast as some had hoped – although the standard recovery time for such an injury is nine to 12 months and Griffin is only six months removed from the surgery.
When asked if he was aware of the plan before today, Griffin said he's been in the dark throughout the process, deferring to the medical staff to determine how far along he is in his recovery.
"I'm not really sure what's going on," Griffin said. "I'm just going to continue to do my drills and work out like I have been and continue to impress."
Several hours later, Vikings coach Brad Childress wasn't ready to rule out Griffin for the opener, but it's unlikely he will be ready to be active in just over a month.
When Griffin was asked if he felt the injury could have him on the PUP list well into the regular season – if he starts the regular season on the PUP, then he is out at least six week – he said he isn't asking about timetables. He is simply trying to get stronger day by day.
"I let them tell me about my timetable," Griffin said. "I just go out there, work hard and do the best I can."
Griffin had a different vantage point during Monday's practices. He shadowed Frazier most of the day, hoping to get a better understanding of how offenses attack the Vikings defense and seeing what Frazier sees – an attribute appreciated by his coach.
"I think he just wanted to get a different perspective," Frazier said. "He's doing something that he is not accustomed to – sitting and waiting. He just wanted to see some of the things I see and talk through some strategy. I think it will help him when he does get on the field."
How long that will take until he sees the field again in a full-time capacity is still very much unknown and up in the air. Like the Vikings' medical staff and coaches, Griffin said he's going to be patient because the Vikings have addressed the potential void his absence from the lineup has left and he's ready to continue the long road back to being 100 percent.
"I don't believe it's frustrating," Griffin said. "They're being cautious. They're being safe. We've added depth to our team right now – (drafting) Chris Cook, the addition of Lito Sheppard. They're all competing right now and doing a great job. When I come back, it will be another addition to the secondary."
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John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.