Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been excused from the team indefinitely following the sudden death of his mother.
Griffen missed practice on Thursday, one day after police arrived at the team's headquarters to deliver the news to Griffen, coach Leslie Frazier said. No details of her death were immediately available. The Associated Press left a message with Chanhassen police seeking comment.
''As you can imagine, it was tough news,'' Frazier said. ''There was nothing that could have prepared him for that news. ... I'm not sure what his status will be going forward. Our prayers as an organization, as teammates are with he and his family. This is a difficult time for him, as you can imagine. We'll be there to support him as best we can.''
Griffen's mother was in town visiting her son. Frazier and several Vikings players went to Griffen's house on Wednesday night to comfort him.
''It's hard. He loved his mom, like we all do,'' Frazier said. ''And to have no clue ...