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Vikings rally after defensive lineman's mother dies suddenly

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The Minnesota Vikings are coming together after defensive lineman Everson Griffen's mother passed away suddenly at his home while visiting her son.

The team is a pretty tight-knight group, and the loss has been described as devastating.

Griffen's mother had been in town for the past week or so, and her death was both sudden and unexpected. So far, no cause of death has been released.

Now, Griffen's football family is coming together to show they take care of their own. The organizer sent out their thoughts and prayers to the family and said they are willing to help in any way they can.

Head Coach Leslie Frazier told FOX 9 News Griffen has been excused from the team indefinitely so he can take some time to be with his family as he grieves.

"There was nothing that could have prepared him for that news," Frazier said. "I'm not sure what his status will be going forward. Our prayers as an organization, as teammates are with he and his family. This is a difficult time for him, as you can imagine. We'll be there to support him as best we can."

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