Vikings DE Griffen on leave; team concerned about well-being

Everson Griffen

No police report was filed, and Minneapolis police told ESPN that the situation did not warrant a further investigation.

Griffen was ruled out of the Vikings' game last week with a knee injury, and he did not attend their 27-6 loss to the Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Police were called to the scene but Griffen, 30, was reportedly not arrested but instead went to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

"We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard", Spielman said.

KSTP, citing the police report, indicated that hotel staffers moved to the back of the office as a man paced in the lobby.

Griffen agreed to leave the hotel after police arrived and no weapon was ever brandished, according to multiple reports.

- The Minnesota Vikings have confirmed defensive end Everson Griffen was not at Sunday's game for personal reasons.

The Minneapolis Police Department redacted Griffen's name from the police report as the "person of interest" left immediately, was not ID'd, and no arrest was made. "We are now focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family", Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Griffen has been dealing with a "health-related issue" for weeks.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman released a statement on Monday expressing concern for Griffen's well-being. He signed a $58 million, four-year contract extension in 2017 and had been named to the Pro Bowl each of the last three years. In 123 games, including 65 starts, he has 62 sacks, one interception and 10 forced fumbles. He's recorded one sack this season.



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