Minnesota Vikings front office released a statement on Tuesday to address that defensive end Everson Griffen will resume team activities on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Griffen has been out for about a month while dealing with a personal health issue. He was involved in an incident at a hotel in Minneapolis on Sept. 22. Since then, Griffen has been out of media other than the one statement he released a couple weeks ago.
Here are today’s statements from Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, and Everson Griffen:
“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. 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.”
– Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman
“Being around my teammates and coaches is something I have missed for several weeks. 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.”
– Everson Griffen
Griffen participated in two games earlier in the season, he recorded half a sack in both games. He tallied a total of six tackles.
It’s great seeing the two-time pro bowler return to the facility with his teammates, and coaches. I’m sure being around positivity will only shed light on Griffen’s situation. However, don’t expect Griffen to suit up for a game any time soon. This is just one step in the right direction. Great seeing positive progress in the big guy.