Biggs: Griffin, Henderson on the mend for Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings learned last week that cornerback Antoine Winfield will not require foot surgery after he visited a specialist in North Carolina. Fellow starting cornerback Cedric Griffin was about as optimistic as possible when assessing his return from a torn ACL suffered in the stinging loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game.

Griffin recently underwent surgery and is prediciting he’ll be back quick, really quick.

“The doctors and the trainers looked at it and there wasn't too much swelling and the surgery went pretty quick and easy, so everyone is pretty excited," Griffin told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Just based off what everyone says, (rehabilitation is) anywhere from five to eight months, so 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."

Typically, we’re more accustomed to hearing nine to 12 months are needed for recovery. Most players say they don’t feel totally healed for two years. If Griffin can beat those timetables, more power to him but the reality of the matter is he will likely be on the physically unable to perform list to begin training camp. Whether he’s on the PUP list at the start of the regular season, that remains to be seen, and it’s a reason why general manager Rick Spielman said he wants to re-sign unrestricted free agent cornerback Benny Sapp.

Griffin isn’t the only starter on defense on the mend. Middle linebacker E.J. Henderson suffered a gruesome injury when he broke his femur at Arizona in early December. It’s a rare injury and one that will keep him in rehabilitation for some time. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reported that the plan is for Henderson to begin working out in May. That could potentially put him in position to be ready for training camp.

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