The Minnesota Vikings have spent most of this season with as many injured cornerbacks as healthy ones, and that trend reached a new level Tuesday. Starter Cedric Griffin was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in his second game back since returning from the same injury to his left knee, according to multiple reports. He'll miss the rest of the season.
In the short-term, the Vikings are back to three healthy cornerbacks for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys: Antoine Winfield, Asher Allen and Lito Sheppard. Rookie Chris Cook is probably Griffin's long-term replacement, but he is currently recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus and might need another week to recover.
Griffin suffered his latest injury in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 29-20 loss at the New York Jets. The timing gives him plenty of time to recover in time for the 2011 season, but experience tells us to be cautious about skill-position players with multiple ACL tears.
It's been a brutal start from a health perspective for the entire NFC North, a topic we will delve into in more detail later this week.