When speaking to the media this afternoon, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer revealed how Griffen ended up on the injury report. It turns out the veteran defensive end was involved in a scary car accident on Thursday while driving to practice.
Griffen swerved to miss a deer on the road when he crashed his car. That’s why he had to enter concussion protocol this week.
It’s too early to tell if Griffin will miss more than one game because of this accident. Hopefully, it’s not a long-term issue for him.
Everson Griffen was involved in a car accident on his way into the practice facility on Thursday. Mike Zimmer said the DE swerved to miss a deer in the road. It’s why he showed up on the injury report with a concussion.
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) September 17, 2021
Everson Griffen, 33, is no longer the player he once was for the Vikings. However, he’s still a valuable role player on Zimmer’s defense.
Last week, Griffen played 28 snaps on defense for Minnesota. Now that he’s been ruled out for Week 2, the Vikings will need to rely heavily on Danielle Hunter, D.J. Wonnum and Stephen Weatherly.
Griffen isn’t the only notable player missing this Sunday’s game for the Vikings. Star linebacker Anthony Barr has also been ruled out this Friday. He’s currently nursing a knee injury.
After falling short to the Bengals in overtime last weekend, the Vikings are in desperate need of a bounce-back win. They’ll take on the Cardinals this Sunday in what should be a fun NFC showdown.