Everson Griffen was back with the Minnesota Vikings for the first time since his off-field incidents on Sept. 25. He spoke to reporters after practicing with the team for the first time since dealing with a mental-health issue.
"First off, I want to take full responsibility for my actions that went on in September," Griffen said. "I had a lot of support from my family, the Minnesota Vikings, the doctors, my teammates, the fans and you know I want to give my apologizes to people I impacted. I’m sorry if I affected them in any type of way. I’m just excited to get back here with my team and get back to the grind of things. It’s been hard to be away but I’m happy to be back. It’s a good feeling right now and I’m taking one day at a time and one thing at a time to get things back on track.”
Griffen and coach Mike Zimmer wouldn't say if the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end would play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Griffen and the team are taking the process day by day and working with doctors to follow a plan designed for Griffen.