Vikings worried about Jasper Brinkley’s health

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The Vikings took a bit of a leap of faith this offseason when they decided to pencil in Jasper Brinkley as their starting middle linebacker. Brinkley missed the entire 2011 season with a significant hip injury. Minnesota never got involved in a deep free agent market at inside linebacker, and didn’t re-sign incumbent starter E.J. Henderson, either.

Brinkley missed the Vikings’ mid-June minicamp with a groin injury that the organization hopes isn’t related to his previous hip ailment. On Sunday, G.M. Rick Spielman acknowledged that the Vikings are growing concerned with their projected starting middle linebacker’s health.

There’s some concern there, definitely,” Spielman told Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. “The durability is a question right now.”

All the good young middle linebackers are taken by this time of year, but the Vikings might want to start thinking about a veteran insurance policy. Henderson is still available. So is former Colt Gary Brackett, who knows Vikings coach Leslie Frazier from their two years together in Indianapolis in the mid-2000s.

Brackett received medical clearance from a 2011 shoulder injury in early June.

10 responses to “Vikings worried about Jasper Brinkley’s health

  1. Never been a huge fan of Brinkley. Surprised they didn’t go after vetern presence at MLB this offseason. This looks like an opportunity knocking for Mr. Brian Banks.

  2. I worry more about his coverage skills over health issues.. Brinkley didn’t play very well in e.j.’s place in the playoffs 2 years ago, and how well can you improve witho playing a snap since (and not even being on the field) yeah, we have alot of positions in question, but I think this is the most pressing. Very surprised we didn’t sign rocky mcintosh, but if jasper will be back for the 3 week mini camp, he will have just as much time as any FA linebacker

  3. Stop messing around and sign E.J. again. He still has plenty of game left in him and if they wait to long someone else will end up signing him. He has had his injuries but he has always come back strong from them and he is healthy now.

  4. I remember in 2004 when it was a toss up between Dontarrious Thomas and EJ, EJ won out because of his size in my opinon DT was the better Linebacker but also inconsistent at times. in truth neither one really impressed. DT is a special teams player on the chargers and EJ isnt signed anywhere.

    seems like brinkley is the same talent level as those guys. the vikes have needed an upgrade at MLB for a long time. Can Greenway play middle?

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