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Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen suffered a concussion in a car accident this week after swinging to miss a deer, coach Mike Zimmer said Friday.
Griffen, who landed on the injury report due to the concussion, has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals along with Anthony Barr (knee), Christian Darrisaw (groin) and Harrison Hand (hoarding).
Griffen, 33, missed Thursday’s exercise after entering the 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 Public Safety Department, Griffen told officers at the scene that he lost control of the car as he swerved to miss the deer on the road. The car then left the road and drove into a tree.
According to police, Griffen suffered only minor injuries and he was treated on the spot by EMTs.