Griffen back with Vikings, grieving mother's death

Associated Press Modified: October 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm •  Published: October 12, 2012
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"That's the only reason I'm here because I feel safe here," he said, adding: "It kind of helps me ease the pain a little bit, but it's still a tremendous and deep burning inside."

As irrelevant as injuries are in light of loved-one lost, the Vikings were happy about the improvement during the week shown by wide receiver Jerome Simpson and running back Adrian Peterson. Simpson was a limited participant in Friday's practice. The lower-back problem that's caused weakness and numbness in his lower leg has subsided, but "not quite" to the point where he's full strength, coach Leslie Frazier said. Simpson's status for Sunday's game was to be determined later.

Simpson was listed as questionable to play the Redskins on the injury report. Peterson, who sprained his left ankle in last week's game, is probable. Frazier said he has looked "much better" in practice. Linebacker Marvin Mitchell was listed as doubtful after a flare-up of his calf strain. Safety Mistral Raymond, who suffered a bone bruise in his right ankle, started running on the side but was limping noticeably. He'll be out for at least two more weeks.

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