While Everson Griffen is a very valuable piece to the defense, the defense is not centered around him, nor is the defense’s success solely based on the success of him. The same could not be said of Peterson and the Vikings’ offense. Norv Turner centered his offense around Peterson, everything, offensively, revolves around him. The offense was left scrambling when Peterson was arrested/suspended.
But, and probably more importantly, the Peterson situation divided the locker room. He was arrested for beating his kid. There were players who supported him, but there were also players that didn’t want him back. There were front office personnel who didn’t want him back. And there was a large contingent of fans who didn’t want him back. When the topic of Peterson’s case was brought up, it was met with uneasiness.
With Griffen, he’s sick. This really isn’t any different than had he gotten hurt on the field or contracted a physical illness. When Everson’s situation is brought up, it’s going to be met with universal love and support. From teammates, front office personnel, and fans alike.
So, no, Griffen’s situation doesn’t come close to resembling the Peterson situation.