Vikings Rice and Griffin Show Progress
The Vikings have returned to Winter Park in Eden Prairie, but two of their top playmakers remain sidelined. With one preseason game in the books, and three remaining, Sidney Rice (hip) and Cedric Griffin (knee) still find themselves on the physically unable to perform list. Players with a “PUP” designation do not count against the 80-man roster and are not allowed to participate in practice drills. They can, however, do individual drills and both players appear to be progressing.
In Monday morning’s practice session, wide receiver Sidney Rice did his normal conditioning work on a side field. Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Rice also began testing his injured hip by “making cuts” for the first time in training camp. Rice revealed that he has experienced “a couple setbacks” in the rehabilitation process, but feels he is generally making progress. There is no timetable for a return to live action, but Rice characterizes himself as “day-to-day.”
Cedric Griffin is also on the mend from the torn ACL he suffered in the NFC Championship Game. Brad Childress said Griffin is progressing “rapidly” and is almost to the point where the Vikings would like to remove him from the PUP list. Unable to participate in team drills, Griffin stays after practice for individual work with defensive backs coach Joe Woods.
Sidney Rice and Cedric Griffin are healing quickly, and barring any further setbacks, I would guess both will be ready to go when the regular season kicks off on September 9 in New Orleans.