The Vikings said in a statement Wednesday morning that psychologists were at Everson grips after the defensive end posted a disturbing video on social media early Wednesday morning of him holding a gun.

“I know the team made a statement about Everson Griffen and the only thing I can say about it is about his health and wellbeing and his family,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday morning Press conference.

“Vikings representatives and the team’s psychiatrists have been at Everson Griffen’s house this morning, working with law enforcement,” it said. “Our only concern right now is the safety and wellbeing of Everson and his family. We will post more comments in due course. ”

Griffen posted a now-deleted video of himself on his Instagram account, in which he was holding an automatic pistol and saying he was concerned for his safety. Zimmer said he first found out about the situation, “last night, late, this morning whenever it was”.

“I spoke to the team this morning,” said Zimmer. “So we have a job to do.”

The Vikings play in San Francisco on Sunday. Zimmer declined to speculate on whether Griffen will play.

Griffen, 33, originally played for the Vikings from 2010-19 and made four Pro Bowls. He left the team as a free agent and played for Dallas and Detroit last season before signing back with Minnesota in August. He has five sacks in the nine games he has played and Vikings coaches have said he looked like the old you on the field.

“We are only concerned with his well-being,” said Zimmer. “He’s been with us for a long time. Good guy. Work hard.”

Griffen missed a game with a concussion this season after a car crash near his western suburban home and spent time off the team in 2018 after an incident at a Minneapolis hotel related to welfare concerns came up.

Regardless of whether Griffen plays on Sunday, the Vikings will be understaffed on the defensive. Zimmer said Dalvin Tomlinson, who is unvaccinated, won’t play the 49ers after being put on the COVID-19 reserve list on Tuesday. The Vikings will also be out without Star Defensive end Danielle Hunter, who is out for the season with a chest muscle rupture on October 31, and Michael Pierce, who is in injured reserve with an elbow injury and will miss his seventh episode, game.
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