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E.J. Henderson could be running in two months

When linebacker E.J. Henderson’s lower leg flopped unnaturally after taking friendly fire to his thigh on Sunday night, many viewers feared that Henderson might never play again.

Not so, says a doctor who has treated skiers with the same injury.

Henderson fractured his femur, the large leg bone above the knee.  Dr. David Thorson tells Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Henderson possibly could be running in two months.

“Assuming everything is as it should be, my guess is
he’ll be participating in training camp,” said Thorson.  “The bone heals fast, and he’s a healthy guy.”

Thorson explained that it can be more difficult to recover from a serious knee injury than a fractured femur.  He said that a compression rod is inserted to stabilize the bone and prevent muscle spasms or further internal damage.

Though it’s important to note that Thorson hasn’t treated or evaluated Henderson (and, yes, we’ve previously criticized doctors for talking about patients other than their own), the perspective is surprisingly encouraging for one of the key members of the Minnesota defense.

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38 Responses to “E.J. Henderson could be running in two months”
  1. PervyHarvin says: Dec 7, 2009 9:27 PM

    Good for you E.J. Speedy recovery man beast!

  2. cvh2009 says: Dec 7, 2009 9:29 PM

    well, that is good news for the Vikings but more so for EJ. Get well soon, man.

  3. halestorm74 says: Dec 7, 2009 9:29 PM

    E.J. you are awesome thanks for your effort. Please get healthy our defense will miss you for the rest of the season but guess what…..The Vikings are gonna win a Superbowl for you. Skol! Vikings! Skol!
    See you in Miami

  4. Abe Froeman says: Dec 7, 2009 9:29 PM

    If you would be so kind as to get your tech minions to replicate the rating system on this new website, many of us would be most pleased. Thank you.

  5. The Doctor says: Dec 7, 2009 9:29 PM

    Fractures usually heal in 8 weeks. Then comes the rehab to strengthen up the atrophied muscles and tendons. He will be in camp next year.

  6. scrapdawg12 says: Dec 7, 2009 9:32 PM

    It looked bad. I’d wait 3 months before running. Better to be safe than sorry.

  7. bustabloodvessel says: Dec 7, 2009 9:32 PM

    Glad to hear it, hope it’s true.

  8. Milhouse says: Dec 7, 2009 9:33 PM

    Just in time for the Super Bowl?

  9. Facts Domino says: Dec 7, 2009 9:35 PM

    Much better news than I was expecting to hear.

  10. shabadoooo says: Dec 7, 2009 9:37 PM

    i’m an emt, and despite the unbearable pain, when i heard it was femur, not a knee, it may work out better long term. EJ is not ordinary. He is an athlete, with unlimited rescources. Kurtis Foster of the MN Wild came back from this injury in just under a year. EJ will be back.

  11. allday28 says: Dec 7, 2009 9:37 PM

    This is awesome news.

  12. TFBuckFutter says: Dec 7, 2009 9:40 PM

    “Henderson fractured his femur, the large leg bone above the knee.”
    That is supposed to be one of the greatest pains one can experience.

  13. Yzzim says: Dec 7, 2009 9:44 PM

    I went to bed last night feeling sick for the guy. I thought for sure that would be the last down EJ would ever play.
    This is very uplifting news. Whether he plays again or not, I hope he has a speedy recovery.
    It was a very real moment to see Erin holding EJ’s hand while he was being carted off. Something I will not soon forget.

  14. PatERay-Vikes says: Dec 7, 2009 9:45 PM

    Thats great news EJ, hope you come back

  15. Cereal Blogger says: Dec 7, 2009 9:45 PM

    Yeeeeaaahh Terps

  16. jx4cmario1 says: Dec 7, 2009 9:45 PM

    Wow. What great news…good luck EJ!

  17. Rickah99 says: Dec 7, 2009 9:54 PM

    AS a fellow Terp I’m glad for ya EJ!! That was a horrible looking collision last night!!

  18. Bird Man says: Dec 7, 2009 10:10 PM

    Obviously a broken bone is going to heal faster than a torn ligament.

  19. veistran says: Dec 7, 2009 10:13 PM

    The issue is, do we even know if all that happened to him is a clean fracture of his femur? Hopefully he’s lucky and that is all it was.

  20. SpartaChris says: Dec 7, 2009 10:20 PM

    Hope he gets well soon. I hate to see a career ended due to injury like that.

  21. GobiasINC_1 says: Dec 7, 2009 10:23 PM

    He’s a good player. Hope he has a full recovery. The Vikings defense will not be the same without him.

  22. straightup says: Dec 7, 2009 10:29 PM

    That’s great news for the football world and EJ and his family.

  23. CanadianVikingFan says: Dec 7, 2009 10:30 PM

    I hope so, no one deserves to have their career ended by injury.

  24. Farves sweet Hair says: Dec 7, 2009 10:33 PM

    F&ck the Queens!

  25. leatherneck says: Dec 7, 2009 10:39 PM

    I hope this is true. Right now it’s just one day at a time for EJ. Get better soon, Captain.

  26. Percy Nugz says: Dec 7, 2009 10:43 PM

    Terrific news. E.J. is one of the best in the game and it would be a shame if he went out like that.

  27. DocBG says: Dec 7, 2009 11:10 PM

    Hopefully he’s going to be back with no lingering side effects (timidness), not that one could blame the guy if he did. E.J. You are one hell of a football player and your efforts in the community are very, very appreciated. Thank you for every thing, All viking fans are hoping for a speedy recovery, and your return to football. You are the keystone of the defense and will be sorely missed. Please be generous with your tutoring of Brinkley, he has a big hole in the middle to fill.

  28. Mike Glory Hole says: Dec 7, 2009 11:26 PM

    Farve’s Sweet Hair-
    Rot in hell, douche.

  29. OnlyFagsWearPurple says: Dec 7, 2009 11:47 PM

    I heard he was rushed to the hospital…Was Adrian Peterson driving the ambulance? Or was it Bernard Berrian?

  30. Bob_Zombie, JimmySmits, and Cojones says: Dec 8, 2009 12:15 AM

    Thank me after you get my bill, Florio…

  31. PurpleRaid12 says: Dec 8, 2009 12:22 AM

    fantastic news…… I don’t want to get my hopes up, because it may be longer, but that is great to hear, I only pray it is the truth… Hang in there E.J.!

  32. shabadoooo says: Dec 8, 2009 12:29 AM

    farves sweet hair
    nice. real classy.

  33. Lost says: Dec 8, 2009 12:55 AM

    Yeow, baby!
    Thinking about you, E.J.

  34. Vikefan4787 says: Dec 8, 2009 12:56 AM

    The question I have is doesn’t Henderson need to take the rod out with surgery before he can do full contact? Because when I broke my femur that was how it went down. So I am not sure.

  35. packers4life says: Dec 8, 2009 12:58 AM

    Get well soon E.J.

  36. Tompadre says: Dec 8, 2009 5:15 AM

    I was amazed at how calm he appeared during the whole thing. I was cringing with just the thought of the pain he must have been in. Hope this doc is right and he has a full and fast recovery.

  37. footballrulz says: Dec 8, 2009 4:26 PM

    Good luck EJ
    Recover like you play football.
    Balls out.

  38. Valhalla says: Dec 8, 2009 6:58 PM

    Ive got two words for You E.J.
    Physical Therapy.
    I suffered a similar injury (rod insertion included) and was on my feet in a year.
    If you are tireless in your therapy you will make a full recovery and be playing next year!
    The best to you and yours! Good Luck EJ!

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