EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer on Tuesday said the organization is in full support of Everson Griffen as the defensive end works through a personal matter.
Griffen was ruled out ahead of last Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills with a knee injury. He was not at U.S. Bank Stadium for the game and will not travel to Los Angeles with the team tonight in preparation for Thursday's game against the Rams.
Zimmer is simultaneously showing off-the-field support for Griffen and trying to focus the rest of the roster's attention on the field during a short week of preparation against the defending NFC West champs who have opened 3-0.
"The only thing I'm really concerned about for Everson isn't anything to do with football," Zimmer said. "It's about him getting better. In the five years that I've been here, I've always loved Everson, the effort that he puts out, the work that he does, [we can] count on him in game time and even in practice. He's always been a really, really good model for us, and obviously he's going through some tough times now."
Zimmer didn't elaborate on the details but stressed his support for Griffen.
"I'm not really going to talk about things that we talked about internally," Zimmer said. "Again, I just hope the best for him. In the long run, he's a really good kid."
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement Monday night that the team is "focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family."
While Zimmer said that this type of support role isn't his area of expertise, he said the team will extend a "very, very good support program."
"Our Owners do an unbelievable job of giving these players all of the resources that they need," Zimmer said. "If we have to bring in experts from some other place, or if he has to go see other people, our owners are outstanding with that, so we're going to do everything possible that we can, not only for Everson, but for everybody on our team, and quite honestly, with their families as well. This organization is really good at that."