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Schefter: Everson Griffen not expected back “anytime soon”

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Not sounding promising for a return for #97

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Last week, we talked at length about the status of Minnesota Vikings’ defensive end Everson Griffen and his potential return from the issues he’s currently dealing with. While head coach Mike Zimmer said that he would not be back for the Vikings’ Week 5 game against Philadelphia, it’s now sounding like it’s going to be a while before we see #97 chasing opposing quarterbacks again.

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Vikings are not expecting Griffen back “anytime soon,” according to one of his sources.

How long Griffen will be away from the Vikings remains uncertain. Another source told ESPN that Griffen “could be back next week or could never play again, you just don’t know when it comes to mental health.”

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, when asked this past week about Griffen’s status, said he has received “no clarity” regarding when the 30-year-old would return.

Griffen has been away from the team since 20 September, when he was told by the team that he needed to get himself some help. That was followed by an incident at a Minneapolis hotel on 22 September that resulted in Griffen being placed on a health and welfare hold at a Minneapolis hospital.

According to Courtney Cronin of ESPN, contrary to some of the earlier stories that had been put out there, Griffen has not been barred from the team’s facilities.

As more updates continue to come in about Everson Griffen’s status and, potentially, his future with the Minnesota Vikings, we will bring them to you here.