Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/11/12
The Minnesota Vikings may be without one of their best defensive players Sunday when they play the Redskins in Washington. Defensive end Everson Griffen, a situational pass rusher who can create havoc off the edge or from the inside, did not practice Thursday and might not play as he mourns the unexpected death of his mother, Sabrina Scott, who died Wednesday in the Twin Cities, where she had been visiting her son. "I'm not sure what his status will be going forward," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "Our prayers as an organization, as well as his teammates, are with him and his family. It's purely up to him when he comes back. There is no timetable." Griffen was at the team's Winter Park headquarters when Eden Prairie (Minn.) police called Frazier and asked him to bring Griffen to his office so they could deliver the news. "As you can imagine, it was tough news," Frazier said. "There was nothing that could have prepared him for that news. It was unexpected. Completely unexpected." Frazier said he had no details of the cause of death. Griffen is a backup but is tied with Jared Allen for the team lead in sacks with three. Second-year defensive end D'Aundre Reed probably would see more snaps if Griffen doesn't play Sunday.
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