The chances that we could see defensive end Everson Griffen return to the field this season for the Minnesota Vikings do not seem very high.
It’s been more than a month since Everson Griffen last appeared in a game for the Minnesota Vikings.
Following the Vikings’ Week 11 win over the Green Bay Packers, Griffen was placed on Minnesota’s Reserve/Non-Football Illness list after an incident took place at his home that required the presence of team employees and local law enforcement.
Griffen is currently eligible to return to the field for the Vikings. However, some recent info was shared that doesn’t seem to indicate that we will see the veteran pass rusher back in a Minnesota uniform for the rest of the season.
Everson Griffen reportedly not expected to return to the Minnesota Vikings this season
Following the incident at his home in November, Griffen later revealed that he suffers from bipolar disorder. He said that it’s something that he has been dealing with in his life ever since the death of his mother in 2012.
While the Vikings could certainly use Griffen‘s help on the field during their next three games to try and get into the playoffs, the chance of that actually happening seems pretty low.
On a recent episode of the “Vikings Happy Hour” podcast, KSTP’s Darren Wolfson revealed that Minnesota isn’t expecting Griffen to return to the team this season.
At this point, what is most important for the Vikings defensive end is his mental health. If that means Griffen never plays football again, then so be it. As long as he is able to figure out what works best for himself and his family moving forward, that’s all that matters.