Everson Griffen is in the concussion protocol as a result of an unusual occurrence.
The veteran edge rusher will not play Sunday due to a concussion sustained in a car accident Thursday morning. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Griffen swerved to avoid hitting a deer, resulting in the accident.
Griffen played 28 snaps (41.2 percent) in Minnesota’s Week 1 overtime loss to Cincinnati and did not record a tackle. At 33 years old, the four-time Pro Bowler is a depth defender who will play a rotational role within Minnesota’s defense. He’ll be unavailable for a week following his off-field accident.