The mood around the Vikings is somber Monday morning and the reason goes far beyond their disappointing 30-17 to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.
LB E.J. Henderson was seriously injured during the game, fracturing his femur in a collision with teammate Jamarca Sanford as he chased Cardinals RB Tim Hightower.
This NFL.com account describes the circumstances and immediate aftermath of the injury.
Henderson is a team captain and is looked upon not only as a standout defensive player but also as an emotional rock both on and off the field and that’s why his loss will stick with the team for longer than usual.
It’s no problem going back to work after a loss, especially when the loss still leaves you at 10-2 and in prime position for a 1st-round bye in the playoffs. But the seriousness of Henderson’s injury is another animal and it will be up to the other leaders and veterans on this team – and there is a locker room full of them – to get the team to move on and concentrate on what’s ahead.
As for Henderson, he spent the night in Arizona and underwent surgery. His brother, Erin, who was inactive for the game, stayed with him, as did a member of the Vikings athletic training staff.
We’ll have more updates on Henderson’s status as they become available so stay tuned to vikings.com and the vikings.com Blog for those.
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