Vikings to ease Griffen in, unsure if he plays vs Saints

Vikings to ease Griffen in, unsure if he plays vs Saints

Griffen was treated at a mental health facility after he exhibited erratic behavior in a series of incidents that caused his wife to call police.

It's a delicate balance to know when the time was right, but leaning on his medical professionals, All-Pro defensive end Everson Griffen returned to the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday. "I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from my family, the Vikings organization, my teammates and our tremendous fan base".

"First off, I want to take full responsibility for my actions that went on in September", Griffen said, via ESPN's Courtney Cronin.

"It was awesome, man", Griffen said.

Head Coach Mike Zimmer says he's unsure if Griffen will be playing this weekend against the New Orleans Saints, but says he's glad to see Everson back on the practice field. If he's not on it, that would mean the Vikings are expecting him to play. After that incident, Griffen allegedly tried to break into the home of Vikings teammate Trae Waynes.

"He's done a lot of work", Zimmer said of Griffen's recovery. "We've been in contact with the doctor constantly".

"I don't think this is as unique as what we are making it out to be", Zimmer said Wednesday. "This is an illness, and he's done a good job of helping to get better and continues to try to get better, and he is probably going to have to continue to do that just like we all have to do in life".

Zimmer said "everybody in life has probably had to deal with some kind of issues" related to mental health. Connecting the dots here, it sounds like Griffen has some mental-health issues to work through and could be facing criminal charges.

"If you are (struggling), you need to ask for help, " Griffen said.

Griffen, meanwhile, said he considered his return to be "only the next step" in an ongoing process. "Just getting back to life in general, driving my vehicle, doing all the little things", Griffen said. "It's been hard to be away".

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