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Everson Griffen returns to practice

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen returned to practice Thursday after being sidelined for Minnesota's 16-10 win against Kansas City because of an illness.

Griffen spoke with reporters after Thursday's walk-through. He said his wife drove him to the hospital Sunday and he was home in time to see about the final five minutes of the game.

"I just feel like [the Vikings] made all the right decisions," Griffen said. "My health is good. Everything got checked out right. We've got the best organization here. We had to follow NFL protocol and everything accordingly. I'm happy to be back."

Head Coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that Griffen had a few tests remaining before returning to action.

"I'm happy to be back with my teammates and they're happy to have me," Griffen said. "They showed a lot of love with text messages and calls, and I needed that. They love me and I love them back each and every day."

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