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New York Jets cornerback Lito Sheppard, left, breaks up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens receiver Kelley Washington in the first quarter of a preseason game Aug. 24 in Baltimore. (Associated Press)

Vikings sign 9-year veteran cornerback Lito Sheppard

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EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have signed cornerback Lito Sheppard, shoring up their secondary while Cedric Griffin recovers from surgery on his left knee.

Sheppard's deal was done on Wednesday, bringing a nine-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowl pick to a group of cornerbacks including starters Griffin and Antoine Winfield and backups Benny Sapp and Asher Allen. Griffin got hurt in the NFC championship game and might not be ready for the start of the season.

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