Everson Griffen returning to the Vikings could be happening soon

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Everson Griffen
(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Everson Griffen /

For their next matchup in Week 15 against the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings could potentially have defensive end Everson Griffen back on the field.

The annual road matchup against the Chicago Bears is typically one of the toughest games on the schedule for the Minnesota Vikings each year. Chicago is normally a place where luck is at a minimum for the Vikings, so if they can get some additional help from someone like Everson Griffen returning to the field, it could help their chances to come out of the Windy City with a win.

The next time we see Minnesota on the field in Week 15, it will be time for their annual road meeting with the Bears. The Vikings will travel to Chicago on Monday, December 20 to take on a Bears team that has lost six of their last seven games.

When they take on Chicago, Minnesota could have the services of Griffen on the defensive side of the ball for the first time since Week 11 against the Green Bay Packers.

Will Everson Griffen return for Minnesota Vikings in Week 15 vs. Chicago Bears?

Back in November before their Week 12 meeting with the San Francisco 49ers, the Vikings placed Griffen on their reserve/non-football illness list after an incident that resulted in local law enforcement and team representatives showing up to the defensive end’s home in the Twin Cities.

Once placed on the reserve/non-football illness list, players are required to miss at least three weeks. By the time Minnesota is ready to face the Bears on December 20, Griffen will have been away from the team for more than three weeks, so he would be eligible to come off of the reserve/non-football illness list.

The Vikings are actually coming off of a game in which their defense racked up a total of five sacks. But adding Griffen back to the defensive line would certainly help Minnesota’s chances to make the playoffs this season.

Last week, Griffen revealed that the incident at his home in November was due in part to his ongoing battle with bipolar disorder. He shared the information in a post on his Instagram account, and in the same post, he also stated that he is no longer “ashamed” of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and that he wants to “be an advocate for mental health.”

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