NFL will explore surprise scratch of Everson Griffen

AP

Two weeks ago, the Browns made cornerback Joe Haden a surprise scratch, even though he was listed as probable. The NFL investigated the situation.

This week, the Vikings surprisingly scratched defensive end Everson Griffen with an illness. Griffen hadn’t previously been on the injury report, and the Vikings had provided no updates indicating that Griffen possibly wouldn’t play.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL will investigate the failure to disclose Griffen’s illness before making him inactive.

In response to a request for comment, the Vikings provided no information beyond the fact that Griffen was out due to an illness. The NFL requires any team who has a player with an injury or illness that could impact his ability to play after 4:00 p.m. ET on the Friday preceding a Sunday game to announce the injury to the local media (including the Associated Press) and the network televising the game. The information also must be given to the other team’s P.R. director and the NFL.

In this case, the Vikings complied with the policy only if Griffen became ill at the moment the team submitted its list of inactives. If he were ill at any point before 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, the Vikings had an obligation to alert the media, the Chiefs, and the league.

30 responses to “NFL will explore surprise scratch of Everson Griffen

  1. NFL needs to either publicly approve of gambling on games, or eliminate this farce of caring when players get scratched who were expected to play.

  2. This should cause a league investigation and the ‘Independent” Ted Wells should investigate it. That’s right, the Patriot’s didn’t do it so nobody cares. Then again, the injury report is for gamblers and not for anything else. Another example of the hypocrisy of this league!

  3. I hope so, it just about ruined my handicapping on the game. Expected a tightly defended game and that’s a nice piece that wasn’t available.

  4. Report was he showed up to the stadium sick. So they made him inactive. What is the big deal?
    Investigate stuff that matters, like the bull crap no safety call in the first quarter, that hold was obviously 6 yards deep in the endzone.
    NFL your refs are garbage… especially the ones in this vikings chiefs game.

  5. Boring, if the Vikings don’t PK it up on offense, the season is over, looked terrible today, terrible play calls again, they are in for a big suprise when they meet a top tier team.

  6. Maybe they should spend more energy trying to figure out why the refs picked up an intentional grounding call against Rodgers, when he didn’t have an eligible receiver within the same area code to which the golden boy was throwing the ball away to. Oh, they got a gift td on that drive and once again, the home town cooking of the pinstripes in Lamblow are at it again…..but let’s go back to why we are wasting time on a scratch to one of the best defensive players in the league due to illness as an issue…..

  7. Leave it to the Mafia Goons to screw up a fun thing.
    Cant have a simple Fantasy League without working
    a Loophole and make it a Gambling suckhole.
    Ban odds and $$ involvement. After that, watch the filthy slime dump interest and crawl back in their gutter where they came from.
    Go whack yourselves.

  8. If the NFL wants to investigate something, how about investigating why an obvious holding in the end zone was not called a safety? The ref said the holding took place in the field of play when it was obviously impossible for it to happen in the field of play. The line of scrimmage was the 1. The guard took one step back to pass block, putting him in the end zone. How could they possibly say the holding wasn’t in the end zone? It’s the worst call of the season, and we all know there have been a lot of bad calls this season.

  9. Man this is so blatant if you got eyes you can see the refs screwed another one up and the official ruling was not enforced and a blatant explanation that did not make any sense whatsoever! It would have been better if there was no call but then the refs have done that also! But Cmon Man! this one was so obvious! Its like one ref makes the call and another interpets the ruling and when it all said and done everyone is scratching their head and trying to figure it out and eventually it all dawns on everyone that hey something here is not right! This game shows us all how important Griffen is to this defense! That guy is responsible for the chaos he produces, so if he was inactive prior to the game so what, illness, so investigate what? Is it just me or is there something just fundamentally wrong, like the republican party?

  10. Showing up to work and sitting on the toilet as much as bending over it. Should qualify that he is sick and couldn’t play. What is there to investigate. Where the Chiefs going to game plan around Griffen the right DE ? Please! The NFL has tarnished the shield enough for 1 season.

  11. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Oct 19, 2015 10:46 AM
    They should scratch Teddy, he sure does like to throw a lot of INTs.
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    He’s tied for 16th in the league. I have noticed that when the Vikings win, Packer fans really have to stretch to try and complain about something. Don’t get me wrong, they always find something to complain about, but this one was pretty pathetic.

  12. conormacleod says:
    Oct 19, 2015 11:01 AM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Oct 19, 2015 10:46 AM
    They should scratch Teddy, he sure does like to throw a lot of INTs.
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    He’s tied for 16th in the league. I have noticed that when the Vikings win, Packer fans really have to stretch to try and complain about something. Don’t get me wrong, they always find something to complain about, but this one was pretty pathetic.

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    Ha Ha. Good point. That’s actually one of his strengths.

    Here are some other rankings:

    QB Rating: 36th
    Completion Percentage: 23rd
    Yards per game: 32nd

    He’s awesome!

  13. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Oct 19, 2015 11:41 AM

    conormacleod says:
    Oct 19, 2015 11:01 AM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Oct 19, 2015 10:46 AM
    They should scratch Teddy, he sure does like to throw a lot of INTs.
    ——-
    He’s tied for 16th in the league. I have noticed that when the Vikings win, Packer fans really have to stretch to try and complain about something. Don’t get me wrong, they always find something to complain about, but this one was pretty pathetic.

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    Ha Ha. Good point. That’s actually one of his strengths.

    Here are some other rankings:

    QB Rating: 36th
    Completion Percentage: 23rd
    Yards per game: 32nd

    He’s awesome!
    _________

    Statistics are for losers, especially when you have to include guys who have only thrown a few passes to make a guy look bad in the rankings.

  14. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 19, 2015 12:02 PM

    Statistics are for losers, especially when you have to include guys who have only thrown a few passes to make a guy look bad in the rankings.

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    Go ahead, take those guys out, I’m sure Teddy rockets up the rankings! HA HA HA HA. #he’sterrible

  15. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 18, 2015 11:24 PM
    If the NFL wants to investigate something, how about investigating why an obvious holding in the end zone was not called a safety? The ref said the holding took place in the field of play when it was obviously impossible for it to happen in the field of play. The line of scrimmage was the 1. The guard took one step back to pass block, putting him in the end zone. How could they possibly say the holding wasn’t in the end zone? It’s the worst call of the season, and we all know there have been a lot of bad calls this season.

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    They covered that. The hold was initiated in the field of play and then continued into the end zone.

    If you don’t like all the holding calls, maybe your players should not hold as much.

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Oct 19, 2015 3:06 PM

    They covered that. The hold was initiated in the field of play and then continued into the end zone.

    If you don’t like all the holding calls, maybe your players should not hold as much.
    ________

    First, the complaint is that the holding was not initiated in the field of play, regardless of what the official explanation was. It’s sort of like blaming Benghazi on a video.

    Second, I didn’t mind the holding call at all. I applauded the holding call because it was clearly holding. My issue is that the holding was in the end zone, so it should have been a safety.

    Third, I didn’t notice “my players” get called for holding yesterday. But again, I don’t mind holding calls if they are legitimate.

  17. kinda hard for anyone associated with green bay to make judgement calls on offensive lineman holding.

    in green bay its called good blocking, where as in the rest of the league its called blatant holding and a 10 yrd penalty.

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