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E.J. Henderson undergoes surgery

Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson remains in Phoenix Monday after undergoing surgery for a fractured femur suffered in Sunday night’s loss to the Cardinals.

The team’s defensive captain spent the night in an intensive care unit.

“He’s a spartan so wish him the best in his rehab and his care,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said.

Childress confirmed that Jasper Brinkley will replace Henderson at middle linebacker, but Ben Leber will take over the position in the team’s nickel packages.  The Vikings coach talked about the team needing to move forward.

“[Henderson] is a great rallying force,” Childress said.  “He’s a good football
player, he’s a good leader, a quiet leader.  But you get past that.  You
may not replace him physically.  But you get past that.  You have to get
past it because we have a quarter of the regular season left.”

Henderson’s future prognosis is unclear at this time.  Nothing about the recovery is likely to be easy for him or the Vikings.  

Henderson is expected to return to the Minneapolis area later in the week.

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27 Responses to “E.J. Henderson undergoes surgery”
  1. Slippery Pete says: Dec 7, 2009 5:25 PM

    That injury was disgusting. They showed the replay and it looked like his leg was independent from his body and flapping around like a wet noodle….
    All the best in recovery E.J.

  2. jonnyfootballhero says: Dec 7, 2009 5:30 PM

    As a Packers fan, I have no love for the Vikings. However, It really sucks when any player from any team gets injured. Henderson is a great player and I wish him a full recovery. Good Luck E.J. and happy holidays.

  3. Evpimp says: Dec 7, 2009 5:32 PM

    Thoughts and Prayers go to him and his family.

  4. Vikes-N-Favre says: Dec 7, 2009 5:33 PM

    That was a horrible injury. They call him the Predator for a reason, he is a beast. Childress can say what he wants, but their is absolutely no replacing a EJ Henderson. Get well soon EJ.

  5. hYguY says: Dec 7, 2009 5:50 PM

    Aberdeen is behind you E.J., here’s to a fast recovery for a hometown hero….

  6. BurtReynoldsToupee says: Dec 7, 2009 5:56 PM

    Breaking a femur is supposed to be the most painful thing that can happen to a human. I can speak from experience, it is. It’s going to be a long recovery and sad to say his football days may be over.

  7. FootballPhil says: Dec 7, 2009 6:01 PM

    Wish E.J a speedy recovery and hope he’ll be playing at the same level next year

  8. bustabloodvessel says: Dec 7, 2009 6:08 PM

    Nice to see even a Packer fan realizing what a horrible thing an injury is to a person. nice post jonnyfootballhero.

  9. Carlos A. says: Dec 7, 2009 6:12 PM

    @ Slippery Pete, you have the funniest description of his injury. I think i love you

  10. pitt says: Dec 7, 2009 6:21 PM

    This sucks, I’m a Skins fan and don’t really like to the Vikes, but I got to hang out with E.J. once at party in College Park a few years ago, so I can personally say that he’s a really nice guy. I wish him the best and hope he recovers quickly.

  11. bluestree says: Dec 7, 2009 6:26 PM

    E.J. was playing lights out when he went down. Hoping for a complete recovery, he’s a good player. Glad his brother was with him, although I felt there were too many intrusions with the camera than were needed. When a guy goes down like that, he deserves a little more privacy.

  12. stevincinci says: Dec 7, 2009 6:37 PM

    Had a shortstop dive into my leg years ago playing softball while I was waiting to catch a ball out in left field. Snapped the tibia and fibula in half. Still have a rod in my bone from 1994. Chances are he won’t play again.

  13. K-RoQ Smash says: Dec 7, 2009 6:39 PM

    He’s not a spartan; he’s a Terp!

  14. greenngld says: Dec 7, 2009 6:50 PM

    bustabloodvessel says:
    December 7, 2009 6:08 PM
    Nice to see even a Packer fan realizing what a horrible thing an injury is to a person. nice post jonnyfootballhero.
    “Even a Packer fan”-
    Too bad you couldn’t show the same class.

  15. Emoney says: Dec 7, 2009 6:55 PM

    They just showed the replay again on our local news in Milwaukee, and I cringe everytime.
    I put this injury up there with the Joe Theisman injury.
    Painful to watch.
    Wouldn’t wish this upon anybody, even someone wearing purple.

  16. sven_ftw says: Dec 7, 2009 7:06 PM

    Get well soon, EJ!

  17. Bob_Zombie, JimmySmits, and Cojones says: Dec 7, 2009 7:14 PM

    http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_13946019
    Looks like he might be back by training camp…

  18. CHECK!ONE) says: Dec 7, 2009 7:37 PM

    Get healthy, EJ.

  19. bustabloodvessel says: Dec 7, 2009 7:40 PM

    greenngld says:
    December 7, 2009 6:50 PM
    bustabloodvessel says:
    December 7, 2009 6:08 PM
    Nice to see even a Packer fan realizing what a horrible thing an injury is to a person. nice post jonnyfootballhero.
    “Even a Packer fan”-
    Too bad you couldn’t show the same class
    Sorry, kinda came out wrong. I meant it as a compliment, like to say thanks for not ragging on the game in this thread, saying the season is over, that kind of thing.

  20. RagnarHater24 says: Dec 7, 2009 7:43 PM

    Get well EJ! The entire NFL and it’s fans are wishing you a full recovery. We can’t wait to see you out there again.

  21. PersonalFoul says: Dec 7, 2009 7:53 PM

    Speedy recovery EJ! I hope to see you back on the field someday because it is a pleasure to watch you play the game!

  22. creepycrayon says: Dec 7, 2009 8:02 PM

    scary hit, hope the surgery goes well

  23. spyboots says: Dec 7, 2009 8:05 PM

    Wishing him a quick and full recovery. Injuries suck for any player and any team.

  24. hardtolikedabears says: Dec 7, 2009 8:10 PM

    # Bob_Zombie, JimmySmits, and Cojones says: December 7, 2009 7:14 PM
    http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_13946019
    Looks like he might be back by training camp…
    Hey thanks for the link……This is great news

  25. Mr High and Mighty says: Dec 7, 2009 8:45 PM

    No matter what any doctor says it is hard to imagine he will be ready for training camp. The visual wasn’t quite as bad as Chuck Gordon’s leg breaking last year (or was that 2 years ago?) but you have to imagine the pain and after effects will be even worse. That was the last thing they needed after being totally dominated last night. Hard to imagine that game being any worse than it was. While Gordon wasn’t the player that EJ is, he is out of the league now. Just shows you that these guys should hold-out or do whatever necessary to get every dollar they can while they can. Here’s to hopin I’m wrong about this. Get well soon EJ.

  26. arvid says: Dec 7, 2009 9:10 PM

    Really terrible injury – the femur – that is serious – like, career-threatening-serious. EJ works like a mad-man, so if anyone can come back, EJ can! On an unrelated note: was it not last year about this time that the Vikes went into Arizona and destroyed them? The Cards subsequently went on to earn a birth in the Superbowl?
    our turn……

  27. Favre On HGH says: Dec 7, 2009 9:24 PM

    Thorson said Henderson might be fortunate to have a fractured femur instead of a serious knee injury.
    ————–
    Just watched it on once, dont care for replays. Thought he blew his knee out and everything in it.
    Glad to hear he migth be back by camp if all goes well.

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