EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen returned to the practice field Friday, two days after his mother had passed away, and said he felt "safe" being around the team.
Griffen's mother, Sabrina Scott, died Wednesday at Griffen's Chaska, Minn., home while he was at Winter Park for team meetings. Griffen received the tragic news from Eden Prairie police after being called to coach Leslie Frazier's office.
"Just shocking," Griffen said Friday, recalling the moment he was told. "My mom was 100 percent healthy. We'll find out soon what the cause was, and we've just got to, I know she's watching over us right now. So, whatever I can do on the field for her. She loved watching me play. That's why I'm back here, to show her that I'm doing this for her. Not just for her, but for me, too, to grow into the man I'm becoming and just working hard right now."
Griffen, the team's fourth-round pick out of USC in 2010, missed practice Thursday, and Frazier said he wa...