Everson Griffen returns to Minnesota Vikings after hospitalization

Everson Griffen returned to the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday after missing Sunday’s game while undergoing tests in the hospital.

Everson Griffen returned to practice Thursday after missing last Sunday’s game and spending more time in the hospital than watching his Minnesota Vikings teammates.

Griffen was a surprise inactive for the Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs when he showed up to TCF Bank Stadium not feeling well and was sent to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Griffen continued testing on Wednesday but thought that would be the last hurdle before Griffen’s return. ESPN reported that Griffen had testing done on his heart, but the pass-rushing defensive end declined to get into details of his medical records.

“Yeah, it was scary. But we got the right people in our organization,” Griffen said Thursday upon his return to the locker room. “They made the right decision for me and I’m happy to be back with my team getting ready for Detroit.” 


Griffen said he is “100 percent” sure he will play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, but the health scare came on last Sunday morning before the game.

“I just felt sick. I just felt like I wasn’t all the way where I needed to be. I went in, talked to (athletic trainer Eric Sugarman) and they handled it accordingly. And I’m thankful for that, because I could’ve went out there and got injured, or something bad could’ve happened, worse. You know, but I went to Hennepin County, everything checked out all right and I’m ready for Detroit.” 

Griffen said his medical records are private and he was clearly ready to move on in preparation for the Lions on Sunday.

“I’m healthy, back and present in front of you right now,” Griffen said. “I’m happy to be back with my team. The only thing we’re looking forward to now is being 2-0 in our division.” 


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