EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Henry Jones, the Minnesota Vikings' hired help for injured strong safety Robert Griffith, practiced with the team for the first time Wednesday.
Jones, a Pro Bowler who played 10 seasons for the Buffalo Bills, arrived at Winter Park after signing for the veteran's minimum salary of $477,000.
Griffith broke his right leg on the opening kickoff of the Vikings' 17-10 loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday. He will be out six to eight weeks. Tyrone Carter, who saw extensive playing time last season while free safety Orlando Thomas was injured, has dropped on the depth chart. So Don Morgan, a special teams player, filled in for Griffith against the Bears and will start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But Jones will play a prominent role once he learns the defense.
"Now the question will be how much similarity is there from the style of play that he has been accustomed to for so many years and what we are doing now," said coach Dennis Green. "The quicker he can adjust to it, probably the sooner he will play."
Jones brings experience to a young defense that got a lot younger when Griffith got hurt.
"Unfortunately for Robert, it's an opportunity for me though to come into a team where I feel has enough talent and the coach support to win the Super Bowl," Jones said. "That's why I came up here."
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