It didn’t take long after E.J. Henderson’s gruesome injury last season for speculation to begin that the Vikings linebacker’s career could be threatened.
Less than eight months later, he’s taking snaps again at Vikings training camp, surprisingly having avoided the active/PUP list. Henderson has yet to participate in full contact work, but he’s making steady progress.
“I know it was a bad injury and I know some of those injuries can be
career-ending,” defensive end Jared Allen told the Associated Press. “So to see him back
running, to see him back with a helmet in his hand, to me is awesome.
Brad Childress says Henderson has been “religious” about his rehab “almost to the point where you have to hold him back.”
Henderson quietly has deflected any attention from his recovery. “I just look at it as a little journey I took. Seven months and I’m back at it,” Henderson said.
That little journey could prove to be a rallying point for the rest of the Vikings defense.