Everson Griffen Dodged a Deer And Crashed; Will Not Play On Sunday

Griffen entered concussion protocol for accident

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen suffered a concussion in a car accident this week after tacking to avoid a deer, coach Mike Zimmer said Friday.

Griffen, who landed on the concussion injury report, has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals along with Anthony Barr (knee), Christian Darrisaw (groin) and Harrison Hand (hamstring).


Everson Griffen will not play the Cardinals on Sunday because of a road deer accident. Getty

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Griffen, 33, missed practice Thursday after entering concussion protocol. He rejoined the Vikings, with whom he spent his first 10 NFL seasons, after playing for Detroit and Dallas last season.

According to a statement from the Minnetrista Department of Public Safety, Griffen told officers at the scene that he lost control of the car when it swerved to avoid a deer. The car went off the road and crashed into a tree.

According to police, Griffen only suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics.