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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. » The Minnesota Vikings were impressed by the way Cedric Griffin came back swiftly and strongly eight months after major knee surgery.

Now he’s going to have to start the arduous rehab all over again — on the other leg.

The Vikings have lost their starting cornerback for the rest of the season to another significant knee injury, coach Brad Childress confirmed yesterday. Griffin hurt his right knee early in the fourth quarter Monday against the New York Jets, and he won’t return in 2010.

Griffin tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last January in the NFC championship game and worked his way back to lineup for Week 3.

The Vikings also played the Jets without rookie cornerback Chris Cook, who is recovering from a torn meniscus in his left knee. Cook tore the meniscus in his right knee and missed the first two games.


Revis’ hamstring aching

Darrelle Revis, the New York Jets cornerback, said his hamstring was "very sore" after the team’s victory over Minnesota. Coach Rex Ryan was not sure yesterday if Revis will play against Denver on Sunday.

"There was added swelling in his leg," Ryan said, "but hopefully he’ll be ready to roll."

Revis returned Monday night after missing two games with a strained hamstring. He said after New York’s 29-20 victory over Minnesota that the hamstring bothered him throughout the game.

NFL expects to review catch rule

The NFL expects to review the catch rule that cost Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson a potential winning touchdown.

The play in the season opener was ruled a no-catch. After Johnson went to the ground with possession, he placed the ball on the ground as he ran to celebrate. It’s been one of the season’s most discussed — and criticized — calls.

The competition committee will meet after the Super Bowl and then suggest any rules changes to team owners at the meetings in March.


Saints sign RB, release K Carney

The New Orleans Saints have signed running back Julius Jones and released kicker John Carney.

The 46-year-old Carney signed with the Saints in September to fill in for the team’s struggling kicker, Garrett Hartley — who is poised to reclaim the job with Carney’s departure.

Seattle released Jones earlier this month.


Bears QB Cutler may start

The NFL Network is reporting that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is scheduled to start against Seattle on Sunday, two weeks after suffering a concussion.

The Bears refused to confirm yesterday’s report. Cutler was injured during a loss to the New York Giants in which he was sacked nine times in the first half.


Browns re-sign QB Ratliff

Desperate for help because of ankle injuries to Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, the Cleveland Browns re-signed Brett Ratliff as the probable backup to rookie Colt McCoy, who likely will make his first NFL start on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Ratliff had been on New England’s practice squad, but he spent all of last season with Cleveland.


Cowboys release safety Hamlin

Safety Mike Hamlin’s fall from grace with the Dallas Cowboys is complete after his release yesterday.

Hamlin entered the off-season competing with Alan Ball for the starting job at free safety, but was beaten out.


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