MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier says cornerback Cedric Griffin definitely will miss the season opener against New Orleans while continuing to recover from offseason knee surgery.
Griffin tore the ACL in his left knee in the NFC title game against the Saints in January. Most expected that Griffin would miss at least the start of the season and Frazier confirmed that on Monday.
Veterans Lito Sheppard and Benny Sapp are the early favorites to replace him in the starting lineup.
Sapp missed practice on Tuesday because of lingering effects from heat problems he had on Saturday. Center John Sullivan also sat out with a calf injury and Percy Harvin missed because of a death in the family.