Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will rejoin his teammates today following a month-long absence to deal with health issues.
Griffen and the general manager Rick Spielman both released separate statements yesterday:
“We have been in communication with Everson’s medical professionals throughout this process and have relied on his recommendations regarding the appropriate next steps for Everson,” general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome Everson back to the Vikings and to see him around teammates, coaches, and staff — people who care deeply about his well-being. Our focus will continue to be on providing an on-going support system for Everson and his family.” – Spielman
“Being around my teammates and coaches is something I have missed for several weeks,” Griffen said. “While this is an exciting and positive move forward for me, it is only the next step in a longer process. I look forward to once again putting in the work with the guys and contributing to this team in any way I can. My larger focus remains on addressing my personal health, and I’m hopeful the time will come when I feel comfortable sharing my story and using my platform to bring awareness to these issues. I continue to be extremely grateful for the constant support from my family, my teammates, the Vikings organization and our tremendous fans.” – Griffen
Griffen has been away from the team since Sept. 20. The Vikings gave him time off to evaluate his mental health in advance of Minnesota’s week three game against Buffalo. Per a police report, Griffen had been acting explosively at the team facility, leaving the organization concerned for his well-being. Then, on the 22nd, Griffen was allegedly involved in two separate incidents. According to reports, Griffen threatened gun violence against staff at Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis where Griffen was staying. He left without further incident and there was no evidence he had a weapon. Later, Griffen allegedly attempted to enter the home of Trae Waynes, though Waynes denied this report in a statement.
Five weeks later, Griffen has apparently progressed enough for his doctors to clear him for return. The Vikings are still unsure whether or not Griffen will play Sunday against the Saints, but this is a big step for Griffen and the team regardless.
–Sam Smith is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Vikings and Deputy Editor for Full Press NFL. Like and Follow @samc_smith.
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