The Vikings announced Tuesday defensive end Everson Griffen will return to team activities Wednesday.
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— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 23, 2018
“We are excited to welcome Everson back to the Vikings and to see him around teammates, coaches, and staff — people who care deeply about his well-being,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a release. “Our focus will continue to be on providing an on-going support system for Everson and his family.”
Griffen reportedly was hospitalized in September after he allegedly threatened to shoot employees in a hotel if he was not let into his room. He also underwent a mental health evaluation.
After the alleged incident, the team reportedly told Griffen to stay away from team facilities and “to go get his head straight.”
“Being around my teammates and coaches is something I have missed for several weeks. While this is an exciting and positive move forward for me, it is only the next step in a longer process,” Griffen said in a statement. “I look forward to once again putting in the work with the guys and contributing to this team in any way I can.
“My larger focus remains on addressing my personal health, and I’m hopeful the time will come when I feel comfortable sharing my story and using my platform to bring awareness to these issues. I continue to be extremely grateful for the constant support from my family, my teammates, the Vikings organization and our tremendous fans.”
It is unclear if this means Griffen will be active for this weekend’s matchup against the Saints for “Sunday Night Football”.
Before stepping away from the team, Griffen had tallied four tackles and one sack in two games this season.