Vikings DE Griffen remains out with mental health trouble

Vikings DE Griffen remains out with mental health trouble

When asked afterward why Griffen wasn't on the sideline, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the ninth-year player and three-time Pro Bowl pick was dealing with a "personal matter".

Griffen was ruled out ahead of last Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills with a knee injury.

According to the incident report, Pico told police before the incident at the hotel that Griffen had been "explosive, screaming and yelling" at the team facility.

Griffen couldn't be placed on a health and welfare hold at the mental health facility by police because he hadn't threatened to do harm to himself or others, but the defensive end voluntarily agreed to go to the hospital, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero adds.

A Vikings staffer called Minnetrista police to check up on Griffen's family at the home, the report said.

According to KSTP-TV, which cited police records from an incident Saturday afternoon, a person at Hotel Ivy was verbally threatening to shoot someone.

The 30-year-old Griffen is married with three sons, the youngest of whom was born about a month early on Thanksgiving Day last year shortly before the Vikings played at Detroit. "Again, I just hope the best for him".

Police say they found Griffen outside his home, "yelling" and making odd comments.

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After that incident, Griffen allegedly tried to break into the home of Vikings teammate Trae Waynes.

After a scary series of incidents on Saturday, Griffen remained away from the team on Tuesday and out of action indefinitely. "The chance to count on him at game time, even in practice".

After being ordered off the practice field, Griffen's downward spiral continued over a period of several hours on Saturday, according to police reports and a source. He was not wearing a shirt when he did this, left then drove to a gas station in excelsior where he got out, spotted someone he thought he knew and got in their vehicle leaving his vehicle behind. Griffen also jumped out of the ambulance, saying he was in fear of someone shooting him, before ultimately being calmed and taken to the hospital. Police found no gun, and no arrest was made.

Griffen, who was selected in the fourth round of the National Football League draft by the Vikings in 2010, was arrested twice in three days in Los Angeles in 2011.

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

"We have a very, very good support program, and our owners do an unbelievable job of giving players all the resources that they need", Zimmer said.

The Vikings further addressed the situation Tuesday in their first time in front of the media since reports of the incident broke.

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