VIKINGS EVERSON GRIFFEN GIVEN INDEFINITE LEAVE AFTER MOTHER’S SUDDEN PASSING -
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will be given as much time as he needs away from the team after the unexpected death of his mother on Wednesday. Griffen’s mother was visiting her son in the Twin Cities, according to Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, when she passed. The cause of death was not immediately known. Frazier said the Vikings were meeting on Wednesday when he got a call to bring Griffen to the coach’s office upstairs at Winter Park. Eden Prairie police then told Griffen about the tragic news. “As you can imagine, it was tough,” Frazier said Thursday. “There was nothing that could have prepared him for that news. Our prayers as an organization, as well as his teammates, are with him and his family. This is a difficult time for him, as you can imagine, and we’ll be there to support him as best we can. … He loved his mom, like we all do. And to have no clue that something like this was on the horizon it was tough. It’s still tough, obviously.” Frazier and several Vikings players visited Griffen at his home on Wednesday evening to offer their condolences. As far as whether Griffen will rejoin the team for Sunday’s game in Washington, or when he might be back, Frazier said that will be Griffen’s call. “It’s purely up to him when. There’s no timetable. I explained that to him (Wednesday),” Frazier said. “He needs to go through the grieving process properly and don’t be thinking about football. Just doing whatever he needs to do away from football. His mom was very, very close to him. This is going to be a tough deal for him.” NFL News & Talk would like to extend our condolences to Everson Griffen and his family.
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