EAGAN, Minn. – Everson Griffen is expected to be active and play on Sunday after being away from Minnesota Vikings in the last five weeks.
According to Vikings team website, Griffen is slated to make his return to the exhibition against New Orleans Saints after practicing full-time from Wednesday to Friday.
Pro Bowl defensive end occurred last week in Minnesota week 2 bond in Green Bay. Griffen was excluded in the Buffalo Games with knee injury and later placed under a health and well-being at a hospital in Minneapolis on September 22 after his alleged participation in two separate incidents drew the police’s commitment and concern about his mental health.
Griffen returned to team activity Wednesday and directed to personal things he worked through.
“This is bigger than football, this is part of the process,” said Griffen. “We got a team, we got a good group of individuals, the Minnesota Vikings, the doctors, myself, my family and we have a plan in place and we’ll do the schedule day in and out and we’ll be on top of It’s our goal. This is bigger than football, and that’s part of the plan. I’m glad to be back. “
It’s still important to see what kind of role Griffen plays on Sunday, but Vikings defense benefits say he is on the field. According to ESPN statistics and information, Minnesota has been able to hit conflicting quarterbacks 35 percent of the time with Griffen on the field as opposed to 28 percent without him. Resistance team turns per game shrink from 6.0 to 4.7, while the total QBR drops from 53 to 30 with Griffen in the game.
While Griffen will return, the vikings will continue to be without multiple starters in crime and defense. Dalvin Cook (hamstring), Anthony Barr (hamstring), Tom Compton (knee) and Andrew Sendejo (ljung) are ruled out for Sunday, while Riley Reiff (foot) is considered to be doubtful.
Linval Joseph (ankle / knee) and Xavier Rhodes (ankle) are listed as questionable.