The Minnesota Vikings announced Friday that defensive end Everson Griffen has been placed on the reserve/non-football illness list.
Griffen, 33, was taken to a mental health hospital on Wednesday after refusing to leave his house after a troubling series of Instagram posts, including one in which he clutched a gun and claimed someone were trying to kill him. Griffen called 911 soon after 3 a.m. local time on Wednesday to report that someone was in his home and that he needed police assistance. He told the 911 operator that he had shot a weapon but that no one had been hurt.
Beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, local police enforcement and Vikings team psychologists were on site and in communication with Griffen until the defensive end was finally let out of his house without incident around 1:30 p.m.
Griffen’s wife and three children were not at home when the incident occurred in Minnetrista, Minnesota.
Griffen’s condition was not updated by coach Mike Zimmer on Friday afternoon, shortly before the Vikings placed him on the NFI list. Griffen will miss at least three games as a result of being placed on the disabled list.
“You know, I don’t know,” Zimmer said. “I don’t have much of an update on him. You know, we’ve been so busy with everything.”
Griffen has been ruled out of Minnesota’s Week 12 game against San Francisco, which is set to take place on Friday. His absence is thought to be indefinite.
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