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Erin Henderson misses practice, will play on Sunday

Erin Henderson AP

The Vikings have installed Erin Henderson as their middle linebacker this summer, which meant their fear level was pretty high when Henderson went down with an ankle injury during Thursday’s practice.

Henderson was scared too after getting the back of his left foot stepped on during the session. The back of Henderson’s ankle was cut and he said Friday that he’d never felt a pain quite like the one he felt on Thursday.

“Really, really painful,” Henderson said, via Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I’ve been playing ball since I was 7 years old and I’ve never had anything like that happen to me before. … It was on fire. There was a little bit of fire down there. But once it calmed down a little bit, then I realized it wasn’t too bad.”

Henderson’s diagnosis appears to be correct. He didn’t practice on Friday because he was still feeling some soreness, but he’ll be in the starting lineup to face the 49ers on Sunday. With Henderson in the lineup, the Vikings will be pretty close to full strength defensively for their date with the Niners offense.

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15 Responses to “Erin Henderson misses practice, will play on Sunday”
  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 23, 2013 3:48 PM

    How does this stiff stay in the NFL?

  2. jrmbadger says: Aug 23, 2013 3:49 PM

    So he misses practice because his ankle got a cut?

    Soft, just like the rest of Minnesota’s D.

  3. davikes says: Aug 23, 2013 3:49 PM

    I’m looking forward to this game. It should be a pretty good measuring stick for the Vike’s O & D.

  4. reesesteel23 says: Aug 23, 2013 3:50 PM

    Cordarelle Patterson take opening kickoff to the Vikings 44 yard line.

    All Day……takes opening handoff for 56 yards…TouchDown…..AD sits after 1st series

    Vikings lose 35-7 :(

  5. newmarketmaulers says: Aug 23, 2013 3:56 PM

    His folks did him no favors with that name spelling.

  6. contra74 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:05 PM

    Heal up Erin, we will need you!

  7. glennsyank13 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:20 PM

    You mean Aaron Henderson. Vikings fans will be very insulted to learn that their insult for the name Aaron was used against them…..

  8. bennyb82 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:24 PM

    I was thinking this article was going to be about a female kicker…

  9. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 23, 2013 4:32 PM

    Where’s jrmbadger telling us that this injury is just as bad as Bulaga’s?

  10. trollsetter says: Aug 23, 2013 4:56 PM

    Henderson is irrelevant. There are better middle linebackers in college.

  11. beerbratscheese says: Aug 23, 2013 4:58 PM

    When Vikings fans call Aaron Rodgers “Erin”, is this who they are comparing him to?

  12. whatjusthapped says: Aug 23, 2013 5:03 PM

    He’s obviously following in the footsteps of his QB who sat out a playoff game with an arm boo-b00.

    While I’m sure the cut was painful, you would think by now that anyone who plays for the Vikings would be used to pain and disappointment, just look at how they finish their seasons for 52 straight years.

  13. vikingsgohard says: Aug 23, 2013 11:42 PM

    In other new Green Bay had a great game today Erin was 4 of 7 for 42 he’d or some crap lol

  14. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 24, 2013 4:41 PM

    Does that noodle armed Ponder chick still start for the Vikings?

  15. allday28mvpmvp says: Aug 24, 2013 9:08 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 24, 2013 4:41 PM

    Does that noodle armed Ponder chick still start for the Vikings?

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    Yeah Ponder sucks. In his last game he only had 3 Tds while outplaying Aaron Rodgers in the 4th quarter of a Vikings victory. Surprised u forgot about that, history buff that u are

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