The Minnesota Vikings are unfolding a plan beginning Wednesday, October 24th that will slow-roll defensive end Everson Griffen back into what's expected to be a full-time role with the team.
Right now, even the Vikings don't know for sure what that's going to look like or when Griffen will be ready to join his teammates on the field for a game.
"We have a plan as far as what we're going to give him today, tomorrow and some of the things that he has to do," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said from the team facility Wednesday morning. "Really that's not the focus right now. The focus is seeing how he's doing, working him a little bit and deciding at the end of the week."
Zimmer did not in passing that there's no concern in regards to Griffen's physical shape saying that he "has been working out" while away from the team over the past month.
Not much is known about the specifics surrounding the past month of Everson's life but we do know that it was important for him to take a step back from the stressors of his "normal" week and re-asses certain facets of his approach. That said, it's already clear that the organization has been encouraged by his progress and is happy to have him back around the team.
"[The players] really care for him," Zimmer said. "They like him and they're glad that he's doing much better."
Zimmer and the Vikings staff will keep a close eye on Griffen this week as he rejoins his teammates in the locker room and on the practice field. A decision on his status for Sunday night's game is completely up in the air and they are not prepared to put a concrete date on his return.