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E.J. Henderson & Cedric Griffin Update

July 27, 2010

With Vikings training camp set to begin this Friday in Mankato, Minnesota, coach Brad Childress hinted that linebacker E.J. Henderson may be a participant. Henderson broke his femur last season on December 6th against the Arizona Cardinals. Given the extent of his injury, the middle linebacker’s return a near 8-months later would be nothing short of amazing.

Childress commented that Henderson “won’t have any trouble cutting it loose. He’s so adamant about wanting to be out there Day 1. He feels like he’s lifted all these weights, done all the running, all the rehab and now you’ve got to play football. The only way to play football is to play football.”

When I ran into Henderson back in June, he seemed to be walking with a slight limp. That limp may be waning, but Coach Childress admits that Henderson still has “maybe just a little hitch” in his step. As of right now, it appears that Henderson will at least be in attendance at training camp when the rest of the team reports.

Things do not look as bright for cornerback Cedric Griffin. The 5th-year veteran tore his ACL during the kickoff to begin overtime in last year’s NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints. The former Texas Longhorn is likely to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list; however, he may begin camp on the “active” PUP list. According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, this means Griffin “would be allowed to rehab and take part in meetings but could not practice.” Coach Childress also didn’t offer much chance of Griffin practicing, “As we sit here today, I can’t see what merit it would have to have him out there running around.”

Griffin will most likely begin the regular season on the PUP list; therefore, he would not count against the final 53-man roster. He will be eligible to return to action week 7 against the Green Bay Packers.

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