Vikings DE Griffen remains out with mental health trouble

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The Minnesota Vikings explained Everson Griffen's absence from Sunday's game as a "personal matter", but it may have been due to a serious situation.

According to a police incident report obtained by ESPN, authorities from the Minneapolis Police Department were called to Hotel Ivy on Saturday because an individual was threatening to shoot someone if he wasn't allowed in his room. No gun was ever found, but police did begin searching for the Pro Bowler after his wife repeatedly called them and reported he was behaving oddly.

Griffen agreed with police to be transported by ambulance to the hospital for mental health treatment after the man returned him to his house, but shortly after the paramedics left the scene they requested police assistance.

Zimmer was asked Tuesday whether the team could have done anything to make sure Griffen had undergone a mental health evaluation prior to Saturday.

UPDATE (12:52 p.m. ET): Griffen apparently was involved in another odd incident after Saturday's episode at Hotel Ivy.

"We have a very, very good support program, and our owners do an unbelievable job of giving players all the resources that they need", Zimmer said.

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The source reiterated that Griffen is "getting assistance on personal matters" and that the National Football League is "comfortable he has a good support system around him".

According to a Minnetrista, Minnesota, police incident report, Les Pico, the Vikings' executive director of player development, told police that Griffen had been "explosive, screaming and yelling" at the team facility and that he had been struggling in recent weeks.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer has his hands full, trying to prepare a team rebounding from a humiliating loss for a huge game against one of the NFL's best.

The 30-year-old Griffen is married with three sons, the youngest of whom was born about a month early on Thanksgiving Day last year shortly before the Vikings played at Detroit. Griffen is out indefinitely for the time being.

In this August 11 photo, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in Denver.

The Vikings issued a statement late Monday after reports of Griffen's health began percolating. The chance to count on him in game time. Griffen had gotten in the man's auto at a gas station and left his own vehicle behind. He was arrested days later for allegedly assaulting an officer during a traffic stop. He signed a four-year, $58 million contract extension in 2017. "He's always been a really, really good model for us and obviously he's going through some tough times now". The driver later told police he "didn't feel safe at all and needed to get out of there", according to the report.

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