Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will miss Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals after he was involved in a car accident.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer announced Friday that Griffen was involved in a car accident while on his way to the team’s practice facility Thursday. He swerved to miss a deer on the road, which is why he appeared on the injury report with a concussion, according to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.
It is not clear where the accident occurred. No further information was provided about Griffen or the accident.
Griffen played 28 plays in Minnesota’s Week 1 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He rejoined the Vikings this summer after spending the 2020 campaign with the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions.
The 33-year-old had six sacks, 33 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and 14 quarterback hits last season.
Griffen spent the first 10 seasons of his career in Minnesota, winning four Pro Bowl selections. In 147 games, he had 74.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, two interceptions, 355 tackles, 86 tackles for a loss and 176 quarterback hits.
Before joining the Vikings this summer, Griffen said he “should never have left” after the 2019 season.
In addition to Griffen, Anthony Barr, Harrison Hand and Christian Darrisaw have been ruled out for Week 2. Eric Kendricks is questionable.