Griffen takes full responsibility for September incident, thanks Vikings for support

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"It felt great to see my guys, man", Griffen said after practice. He went through an afternoon practice session, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said it's too early to determine if he will play Sunday against New Orleans at U.S. Bank Stadium. "We have a tough opponent this week and we just got one of our most powerful weapons back", defensive end Stephen Weatherly said. "I just want to get better with some of the decisions that I made and just improve on them", Griffen said. "You've got to push somebody, hit somebody, get your timing back". In due time, Griffen said, he aims to regain his role as the vibrant, energetic team leader he has built his reputation as over nine years in the NFL.

Sitting behind the wheel of his vehicle and driving again felt great, another step in his recovery.

Griffen spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since his September incidents involving police and medical personnel, and address his return. "I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from my family, the Vikings organization, my teammates and our tremendous fan base". I appreciate the little things in life.

Rick Spielman, the team's general manager, said Vikings officials have been in contact with Everson's doctors throughout the past month. "This is an illness, and he's done a good job of helping to get better and continues to try to get better, and he is probably going to have to continue to do that just like we all have to do in life". "He is probably going to have to continue to do that, just like we all have to do in life".

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But this was in some regards monumental, because it was his first since leaving the team for a mental health issue. If you own Griffen in fantasy, go ahead and seek some roster insurance.

But he returned to practice with the team Wednesday and met with the media afterward.

"I learned a lot about the man outside of football". I'm just excited to get back here with my team and get back to the grind of things.

"Any time you miss four weeks or whatever it was, there's a little bit of rust", Zimmer said.