DE Everson Griffen returns to practice, takes 'full responsibility' for actions

DE Everson Griffen returns to practice, takes 'full responsibility' for actions

DE Everson Griffen returns to practice, takes 'full responsibility' for actions

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen returned to practice on Wednesday after missing five games to address a mental-health issue, and it's too early to tell if he will play in Week 8 against the Saints.

"I love each and every one of my teammates, and it was just good to see the smiles on their face", said Griffen, who was taken by ambulance to a hospital on September 22 after a scary series of incidents around the Twin Cities when he threatened violence in a hotel lobby and made repeated comments about people trying to kill him. He was scheduled to speak with reporters afterward.

Zimmer said Griffen was in good spirits when the two met on Tuesday - the first time he had seen the defensive end in over a month - and noted Griffen had continued to work out while he was away from the team. He's probably going to have to continue to do that.

"I don't think (Griffen's situation) is as unique as what we're kind of making it out to be", Zimmer said. "We all have to try to improve and work on the things we're working on and getting better at".

Though Griffen's reintegration with the defense will be gradual, his welcome by the team was not.

But this was in some regards monumental, because it was his first since leaving the team for a mental health issue. I appreciate the little things in life.


"It was awesome, man", Griffen. "Just getting back to life in general, driving my auto, doing all the little things", Griffen said.

"Any time you miss four weeks or whatever it was, there's a little bit of rust", Zimmer said.

But he said Wednesday that he is following a plan. "While this is an exciting and positive move forward for me, it is only the next step in a longer process".

Griffen said he eventually wants to help people with mental-health issues.

"If you are, you know, you need to ask for help", Griffen said. It's a good feeling right now. "That's what it's all about, take care of yourself and take care of your actions and doing the right things".

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