Everson Griffen to return to Vikings

It's not clear when star DE would be able to play

Adam Carter
October 23, 2018 - 6:03 pm

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday that defensive end Everson Griffen will resume team activities Wednesday.

Griffen has been away from the Vikings since mid-September when he was asked to stay away from the team due to erratic behavior. Some bizarre incidents involving Griffen soon followed - including at a downtown Minneapolis hotel, and near his home in the west metro.

Through the team, Griffen issued the following statement Tuesday:

"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."

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman also issued a statement:

"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."

Griffen, who's appeared in three Pro Bowls,  has played in two games this season, recording two half-sacks.

It's not known how soon Griffen would be able to play.