Publicado: Sol, Octubre 28, 2018
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Vikings to ease Griffen in, unsure if he plays vs Saints

Vikings to ease Griffen in, unsure if he plays vs Saints

"I love each and every one of my teammates, and it was just good to see the smiles on their face", said Griffen, who was taken by ambulance to a hospital on September 22 after a scary series of incidents around the Twin Cities when he threatened violence in a hotel lobby and made repeated comments about people trying to kill him. "I'm sure some people in this room have dealt with some of these things".

Both Griffen and general manager Rick Spielman released statements regarding Griffen's absence and return.

Though the nature of Griffen's return is uncharted territory for most National Football League teams given he isn't returning from a physical injury, Zimmer discussed the progress Griffen has made taking care of himself, an expected on-going process.

"This is an illness", Zimmer said, "and he's done a good job of helping to get better and continues to try to get better".

In his first public interview since the incident, he apologized to those he affected, advocated for people with mental health struggles to seek help, and said he and doctors have a plan in place that Griffen feels confident will keep him in a good place.

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In an Instagram post to his 52,000 followers last month, Griffen promised to return as a "much-improved" person and player.

Griffen declined to share specifics on how he spent his time away from the team over the past five weeks and repeatedly said he will share his story when the time is right. "You've got to push somebody, hit somebody, get your timing back". "While this is an exciting and positive move forward for me, it is only the next step in a longer process. But I'm just excited to be back here with my team and to get back into the swing of things".

Zimmer said "everybody in life has probably had to deal with some kind of issues" related to mental health. He later jumped out of an ambulance while en route to a mental health facility, but was not arrested or charged with a crime, according to a police report.

"If you are, you know, you need to ask for help", Griffen said.

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