Everson Griffen to miss game after deer causes car crash

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been ruled out for Sunday’s game after he suffered a concussion while swerving to miss a deer in a car accident earlier this week.

Griffen was a new addition to Thursday’s injury list, missing practice and entering the concussion protocol. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed to reporters after Friday’s practice that the injury occurred away from the facility.

In Minnesota’s season-opening overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Griffen didn’t record a tackle and registered one quarterback hit. He returned to the Vikings — the team with which he spent the first 10 years of his NFL career — after splitting the 2020 season between the Lions and Cowboys. Griffen, 33, recorded 6.0 sacks and 33 combined tackles in 14 games, and he tied a career-high with four forced fumbles.

Griffen ranks 10th in Vikings franchise history with 74.5 career sacks. He signed with Minnesota late in the offseason, was cut at the end of training camp to accommodate corresponding moves one week later, and resigned one day after that, setting himself up for a depth role on the defensive line.

Everson Griffen will miss the Vikings’ next game.
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Minnesota travels to Arizona on Sunday to face the Cardinals at 4:05 p.m. The Vikings will also be without linebacker Anthony Barr, defensive back Harrison Hand and offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw — in addition to Griffen now — due to injuries suffered in a more traditional fashion.


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