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Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen returns an interception for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 16 in St. Louis. Associated Press.

NFL: Vikings’ Griffen finally proving his worth

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EDEN PRAIRIE — The Minnesota Vikings weren’t sure if they could count on Everson Griffen after two spotty seasons, despite the potential he flashed as a pass rusher.

After two games as a nearly-every-down defensive end, Griffen’s progress has been clarified. With personal growth through a tragic experience, some technique improvement and a recent chance for more playing time, Griffen has proven his worth and helped strengthen the Minnesota defense at a critical time.

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