Erin Henderson misses practice, will play on Sunday

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.