Everson Griffen to return to Vikings after stepping away to address mental health

EAGAN, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will resume team activities on Wednesday after stepping away to address mental health issues.

The Vikings announced Griffen's upcoming return on Tuesday. The defensive end's recent off-the-field struggles were thrust into the public eye after a police report stated that he caused a disturbance at a Minneapolis hotel in September, leading to the involvement of local authorities. He released a stat issues.ement on Instagram prior to a Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams stating that he was seeking help for longstanding mental-health

On Tuesday, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman issued a statement saying the team has been in contact with Griffen's medial professionals and have relied on their recommendations to decide how to move forward.

"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," he said. "Our focus will continue to be on providing an on-going support system for Everson and his family."

Griffen also shared a statement Tuesday, saying:

"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 coach Mike Zimmer emphasized in September that Griffen's situation has nothing to do with football, and is all about "getting him better."

Griffen, 30, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and has 62 career sacks in nine seasons. The 4-2-1 Vikings host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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