Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen was back at practice on Thursday after missing last Sunday’s game and Wednesday’s practice because of an illness.
Griffen’s absence from Sunday’s game caught the eye of the NFL, which said it would look into why the Vikings didn’t provide an update about Griffen’s condition before he was declared inactive 90 minutes before kickoff. Griffen said he started feeling sick on Sunday morning and headed to the hospital to get checked out after consulting with the team’s training staff, but declined to go into more detail.
“I’m not going to release all my medical information to you. That’s not my job. … That’s private and I’m going to keep it that way,” Griffen said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “But yeah, I was sick and handled it accordingly. But now I’m back and I’m back with my teammates and I’m feeling healthy and feeling strong. And I’m ready to go out there and beat Detroit.”
Griffen said he doesn’t expect any further difficulties as a result of his illness and that his chances of playing against the Lions this weekend is “100 percent.” Danielle Hunter started in place of Griffen last weekend and forced a fumble in the 16-10 victory over the Chiefs.