Everson Griffen to return to Vikings on Wednesday as he deals with mental health

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Griffen has been away from the team with mental-health issues stemming from incidents on Sept. 25.

Everson Griffen's return to the Minnesota Vikings following time off to tend to a mental-health issue will finally come as the team returns to practice on Wednesday.

Griffen has been away from the team since he was taken to a hospital for observation following a series of incidents on Sept. 25. The team announced he will resume team activities on Wednesday in a press release.

"Being around my teammates and coaches is something I have missed for several weeks," Griffen said in the release. "While this is an exciting and positive move forward for me, it is only the next step in a longer process. 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."

Griffen reportedly had a run-in at a local hotel before he was found by police at his home. Griffen told police he thought people were trying to kill him and referenced "777 and God several times," according to the Minnetristra police report.

Griffen was being transported to a local hospital when he jumped out of an ambulance but he was later found by police near the ambulance and proceeded to the hospital under encouragement and escort from officers.

The police report stated that Griffen had been acting erratically and the team was concerned about his mental health.

"We have been in communication with Everson’s medical professionals throughout this process and have relied on his recommendations regarding the appropriate next steps for Everson," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in Tuesday's press release. "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. Our focus will continue to be on providing an on-going support system for Everson and his family."

Griffen, 30, is a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end for Minnesota and has 44.5 sacks since becoming a full-time starter in 2014. He's missed the past five games while tending to the mental-health issue. He has one sack in two games started this season.

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