Everson Griffen Placed on Reserve/Non-Football Illness List After Incident at Home

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVNovember 26, 2021

Minnesota Vikings's Everson Griffen looks on prior to an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
AP Photo/Julio Cortez

The Minnesota Vikings announced defensive end Everson Griffen was placed on the NFL's reserve/non-football illness list Friday.

Griffen called police in the early morning hours Wednesday saying someone was inside his home. He also made posts on social media that raised questions about his well-being.

He remained in his house for several hours before the Minnetrista Public Safety Department confirmed he came outside "without incident and is now getting the care that he needs."

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman thanked local police and mental-health professionals for their help. He also noted the team has contingent plans in place to handle any mental-health concerns that may arise.

"All I know is that when we got the call this morning, that we immediately—our No. 1 concern was because of Everson, Tiffany and his family, how much we love them," Spielman said Wednesday. "And how much they are a part of this family."

Griffen was taken to a mental health facility after coming out of his home, per Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune. He received four weeks of treatment for his mental health in 2018.

The Vikings view the defensive end's absence as "indefinite," according to Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune.

Griffen was a fourth-round pick of Minnesota in the 2010 draft. He spent the first 10 years of his career with the Vikes before splitting the 2020 campaign between the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions.

The 33-year-old four-time Pro Bowl selection returned to the Vikings as a free agent in August. He's made nine appearances for the team during the 2021 season.

Minnesota's next game is scheduled for Sunday, when it visits the San Francisco 49ers. Griffen was ruled out of that contest.