Vikings work out veteran defensive ends

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The Vikings aren’t sure when (or if) defensive end Everson Griffen will return.

So they’re checking off some boxes in case his absence is extended.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Vikings worked out veteran ends Lamarr Houston and Robert Ayers. They’re also expected to sign Jonathan Wynn to their practice squad, bringing back a player who went to training camp with them.

The 31-year-old Houston was with the Bears and Texans last year, collecting 5.0 sacks combined. He has 30.5 sacks in eight seasons.

The 33-year-old Ayers was cut by the Buccaneers in March, and then had a one-day stint with the Lions in August. He has 34.5 sacks in nine seasons.

Griffen has said he won’t put a timetable on his absence, while he’s treated for mental health issues following a weekend of erratic behavior.

38 responses to “Vikings work out veteran defensive ends

  1. Admittedly so there is a small part of every Vikings fan that is worried how the rest of the season will pan out. Shades of 2010 make fans want to press the panic button in a hurry. At this same time last season we were 2-2, down to our back up QB and just lost our starting RB, the rest is history. Have faith that the coaches and players will adjust and relinquish our team chemistry and put forth a solid performance on the field this next Sunday. Have faith Skol Nation!

  2. It’s a little late to be trying out players! They should of done that in the pre-season. But they’ve got that $84 million guaranteed QB so who cares?

  3. Brian Robison?? If this season spins out of control, which by all indications that has started…I see The Vikings possibly looking at trading in the 62 year old Mike Zimmer for a 40 year old John Defilippo. Now, I’m not saying I agree with the move…But nothing surprises me with this team. Nothing. 2-2 last year at this point turned into 13-3. Defense better show up against Wentz and The Eagles.

  4. I think Brian Robison has been a huge Loss this year ….. We miss his experience and locker room presence …….. I think the play of the defense speaks for itself !!!

  5. off-the-street signee perhaps? vikes d is old and overpaid. walsh and bridgewater era was the window apparently. as bears fan i can empathize…but i choose not too! woo! go bears!

  6. “Have faith that the coaches and players will adjust and relinquish our team chemistry”
    _______________

    LOL, Freudian slip there talking about their team chemistry.

  7. If Griffen is out for an extended absence then it would open the door for a DE in first round if there is a really good one. Hope Griffen finds his way back though. He would be a big loss.

  8. Either of these would fit, but it’s a wonder why they haven’t tried Brian Robison. Maybe they’re just doing their due diligence before trying to give him a call.

    Since Griffin will be out a while, I’d take the crazy shot of seeing whether Anthony Barr could work as a down lineman. He has been poor in coverage all year, but rushing the passer is what he is tooled for, so it’d be the best way to get some use out of him this year in my mind. Don’t know if they have already and were not impressed, but I’d give it a shot to get somebody else his place in the rotation and try to get him in a position where he may have his best chance at success.

  9. This is an outrage.

    For far too long, the league has turned a blind eye to the obvious mental health issues in MN. Look at all the suffering and human tragedy. It’s time to get these poor people the help that they so desperately need.

  10. The money spent on Cousins has been a good investment so far. The D has been almost non existent. Hopefully, the team will come around. We still have better talent than the rest of the division. It is too soon to think about changing coaches. Look what Zimmer did with a back up QB compared to other coaches. Zimmer won a playoff game while the other team wasn’t even competitive. So take that jerk packer fans.

  11. Brian robison seems to be such a well liked guy by the fans and locker room. His biggest play was kicking someone between the legs in their privates. Classy guy.

  12. Still waiting on Goodell and Co. to finish their investigation into Zimmer fudging the injury report when the Vikings listed Griffen with a toe injury.
    An obvious lie.
    But, I’m sure they’ll sweep this under the rug like they usually do with the Vikings.

    Still, in the end, I’m just glad that the various people that were violently threatened by Griffen maintained a professional attitude and came out of that scary situation unscathed.
    Kudos to them.

  13. “I get that they are in a tough spot and need to see what’s out there. But come on! There has to be better than these two available”

    —–

    They’re actually pretty good when it comes to signing someone off the street. Not many players have 30 or more sacks in a career, believe it or not.

  14. qckappa says:
    October 1, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    So take that jerk packer fans.

    ++++++

    Not trying to be a jerk here honestly. But Zimmer is in Year 5 and needed a 1-in-100 type play to get his only playoff victory.

    There was no explanation ever given as to why the Vikings fell so flat vs the Eagles when they were playing to host their own Super Bowl.

    The next 6 games will be telling, but more seems wrong on the Vikings D than just losing Griffen.

  15. packer fans out in full force they are pretty cheerful of their 2-1-1 record. Vikings were 2-2 last year after 4 games. Check yourselves you beat the Bills who were on the road for the second straight week.And that QB that never won a playoff game. The one you are trying to make fun of, outplayed your 12 in Lambeau. 425 yards passing & 4 TD’s to 281 yards passing & 1 TD.

  16. “Still waiting on Goodell and Co. to finish their investigation into Zimmer fudging the injury report when the Vikings listed Griffen with a toe injury.
    An obvious lie.
    But, I’m sure they’ll sweep this under the rug like they usually do with the Vikings.” Last year the NFL, according to it’s own rules, should have made Rodgers a FA after the Packers put him on IR for the 2nd time.

  17. Injuries, and in the case of Griffen, mental health challenges, make depth a real competitive advantage. We are about to see if the Vikings defense is real and not a one season wonder.

    Not sure if signing people out of an old folks home is the answer but I’m sure Spielman will figure it out, after all, he is a genius right?

  18. wafflestomp says:
    October 1, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    Still waiting on Goodell and Co. to finish their investigation into Zimmer fudging the injury report when the Vikings listed Griffen with a toe injury.
    An obvious lie.
    But, I’m sure they’ll sweep this under the rug like they usually do with the Vikings.

    Still, in the end, I’m just glad that the various people that were violently threatened by Griffen maintained a professional attitude and came out of that scary situation unscathed.
    Kudos to them.
    ****

    Prove he didn’t have a toe injury. Then…once you’re finished with that, get a life.

  19. Why? How long have the had George Iloka ? Has he even played one snap? How about that CB from the 49ers last year. Played maybe 4 snaps all year. Zimmer makes some very odd decisions. NO MORE DEFENSIVE PLAYERS> GET A NEW OL.

  20. 13worldchampioinships says:
    October 2, 2018 at 9:08 am
    wafflestomp says:
    October 1, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    Still waiting on Goodell and Co. to finish their investigation into Zimmer fudging the injury report when the Vikings listed Griffen with a toe injury.
    An obvious lie.
    But, I’m sure they’ll sweep this under the rug like they usually do with the Vikings.

    Still, in the end, I’m just glad that the various people that were violently threatened by Griffen maintained a professional attitude and came out of that scary situation unscathed.
    Kudos to them.
    ****

    Prove he didn’t have a toe injury. Then…once you’re finished with that, get a life.
    ____________

    Umm………the player in question, by his own admission, said he had absolutely no injury and went as far as to say he didn’t know what they were even talking about.
    But, like I said before, I’m quite sure this will be quietly swept under the rug like most violations committed by the Barneys.

  21. Packers fans, you should leave the Vikings fans alone to wallow in the mire. You have bigger worries this week!!!

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #ONEPRIDE

  22. Waffle – how about he packers putting Rodgers back on IR a second time for the same injury which should have required them exposing him to waivers. Go investigate that then get back on the Griffen case.

  23. 4sacroc says:
    October 1, 2018 at 5:06 pm
    They threw millions at a QB who has NEVER WON A PLAYOFF GAME.

    —————

    That argument is so dumb. He has had one chance at even playing in playoff game and they lost that game because the Redskins defense couldn’t stop Aaron Rodgers. It’s so ignorant to blame losses and even playoff losses squarely on the QB when it’s a team sport.

  24. wafflestomp says:
    October 2, 2018 at 10:58 am
    13worldchampioinships says:
    October 2, 2018 at 9:08 am
    wafflestomp says:
    October 1, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    Still waiting on Goodell and Co. to finish their investigation into Zimmer fudging the injury report when the Vikings listed Griffen with a toe injury.
    An obvious lie.
    But, I’m sure they’ll sweep this under the rug like they usually do with the Vikings.

    Still, in the end, I’m just glad that the various people that were violently threatened by Griffen maintained a professional attitude and came out of that scary situation unscathed.
    Kudos to them.
    ****

    Prove he didn’t have a toe injury. Then…once you’re finished with that, get a life.
    ____________

    Umm………the player in question, by his own admission, said he had absolutely no injury and went as far as to say he didn’t know what they were even talking about.
    But, like I said before, I’m quite sure this will be quietly swept under the rug like most violations committed by the Barneys.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    So you’re going to automatically take the word of a person who was recently admitted into a hospital for mental issues? Sounds like something a Gumby would do.

  25. cheeseisfattening says:

    Ya got me good on that typo. Pretty slick.

    Hey, Ariani. If you would shown any kind of intelligence at any point in any of your posts, I would have assumed it was a typo and moved on.

    You haven’t, so I didn’t.

  26. packertruth says:
    October 2, 2018 at 1:34 am
    qckappa says:
    October 1, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    So take that jerk packer fans.

    ++++++

    Not trying to be a jerk here honestly. But Zimmer is in Year 5 and needed a 1-in-100 type play to get his only playoff victory.

    There was no explanation ever given as to why the Vikings fell so flat vs the Eagles when they were playing to host their own Super Bowl.

    The next 6 games will be telling, but more seems wrong on the Vikings D than just losing Griffen.
    __________

    He also needed a 1-in-100 type play to get his first playoff loss. Remember Blair Walsh? If you’re counting the Saints game as practically a loss, you need to count the Seahawks game as practically a win.

    And there were explanations given about falling flat against the Eagles. One explanation was that the Eagles were a lot better team. That happens, you know. Another explanation was that teams with emotional last-second playoff wins almost always have a big letdown in their next game. It’s not an excuse, but it’s an explanation.

    And obviously there’s more to the defense’s problems than being without Griffen. Whoever heard of a team completely falling apart just because one player got hurt?

  27. wafflestomp says:
    October 2, 2018 at 10:58 am
    13worldchampioinships says:
    October 2, 2018 at 9:08 am
    wafflestomp says:
    October 1, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    Still waiting on Goodell and Co. to finish their investigation into Zimmer fudging the injury report when the Vikings listed Griffen with a toe injury.
    An obvious lie.
    But, I’m sure they’ll sweep this under the rug like they usually do with the Vikings.

    Still, in the end, I’m just glad that the various people that were violently threatened by Griffen maintained a professional attitude and came out of that scary situation unscathed.
    Kudos to them.
    ****

    Prove he didn’t have a toe injury. Then…once you’re finished with that, get a life.
    ____________

    Umm………the player in question, by his own admission, said he had absolutely no injury and went as far as to say he didn’t know what they were even talking about.
    But, like I said before, I’m quite sure this will be quietly swept under the rug like most violations committed by the Barneys.

    ***

    And then he was later admitted to the hospital for delusions and paranoia. Thanks for playing.

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