The Vikings placed Griffen (personal) on the reserve/non-football illness list Friday, Eric Smith of the team's official site reports. Griffen dealt with a personal issue Wednesday and hasn't been with the team since then. The Vikings later announced he "is now getting the care he needs," and "our focus remains on Everson's health and safety and providing the proper resources for him and his family."
Griffen is away from the Vikings after mental health and law enforcement officials were called to his residence Wednesday afternoon, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Griffen was "transported (to where he can get) to the necessary resources and professionals that he needs to be with," said Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. Griffen posted a disturbing video on social media early Wednesday morning and called 911 to report a possible intruder, according to the Pioneer Press. No intruder was found in his home after local law enforcement officials and mental health officials responded, and Griffen was later transported by ambulance to a health care facility.
Griffen (concussion) will play Sunday against Seattle, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Griffen suffered the concussion last week in a car accident and didn't feature in Week 2 against the Cardinals, but he wasn't listed on the injury report throughout the week and has recovered well enough to be available for Sunday's matchup. He played 41 percent of the defensive snaps in Week 1 against the Bengals.
Griffen (concussion) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. Minnesota co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson is optimistic Griffen can play this week against Seattle, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Griffen suffered the concussion Thursday in a car accident and missed last week's game. He swerved to miss a deer and hit a tree. It sounds like he will clear the concussion protocol and be ready to play this week.
Griffen had a QB hit and QB hurry, according to Pro Football Focus, but no tackles in Sunday's overtime loss at Cincinnati. Griffen played on 28 of the defense's 69 snaps as he'll be used primarily on passing downs. While he may have less playing time than in his prime, he still looks capable of having an impact in the pass rush.
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|1||09/11||Green Bay Packers||28|
|4||10/02||@New Orleans Saints||3|
|12||11/24||New England Patriots||25|
|13||12/04||New York Jets||22|
|16||12/24||New York Giants||21|
|17||01/01||@Green Bay Packers||28|