Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is pleased with Griffen's person progress since leaving the team.
The report states Griffen's behavior at practice - described by a team official as "explosive, screaming and yelling" - was so disruptive that the defensive end was ordered to get a mental health evaluation before he would be allowed to rejoin the team. "They want me to be the wild man and I want to be that wild man but I'm just taking it one day at a time in this process and everything and just getting everything back on track". "I know people that I've dealt with in the past, I know people, doctors, all the experts help with these situations".
"Sometimes you've just got to put your pride aside and know when enough is enough. 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". 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.
"I feel like everything happens for a reason and I needed this", Griffen said. "I'm sure some people in this room have dealt with some of these things".
"I learned a lot about the man outside of football".
"Any time you miss four weeks or whatever it was, there's a little bit of rust", Zimmer said. "I'm just excited to be back here". Stephen Weatherly has started in Griffen's place at right end for the past five games.
Griffen said there is a plan at some point to tell his full story but wouldn't say when he will. He later jumped out of an ambulance while en route to a mental health facility, but was not arrested or charged with a crime, according to a police report.
"If you are (struggling), you need to ask for help, " Griffen said. It's a good feeling right now. "Just doing all the little things", Griffen said of what stood out.