E.J.’s Status For Sunday Night Still Unknown

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 19, 2010 – 3:56 pm

All indications are that LB E.J. Henderson’s comeback from last season’s leg injury has gone well. Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress has commented more than once that Henderson was aggressive in his rehab and assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has seemed optimistic about his starting MLB.

But even with the positivity and optimism regarding Henderson’s rehab and comeback, the veteran didn’t play in last weekend’s preseason game. While last weekend was likely a precautionary move, Henderson can take the next step in his recovery by suiting up this preseason. The decision on whether or not that happens has not yet been made, according to assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

“We don’t know,” Frazier said on Thursday when asked if Henderson will play on Sunday. “We are still practicing and seeing how he progresses every day and every play, and we will talk about it again tomorrow after practice.”

Here are a few more thoughts from Frazier’s Thursday press conference…

On how Erin Henderson looked playing middle LB last weekend: “He has done a good job in practice and we were wondering how he would do under the lights and he did a great job. We were all pleasantly surprised and pleased that he played as well as he did. He was thrust into that role with the injuries that we had with J Leman, and of course with E.J.’s situation and he did well, he did really well.”

On Percy Harvin experiencing a migraine episode during practice and being taken away by ambulance: “Everybody came together afterwards and prayed for Percy and just hoped for the best. But it definitely shakes you up, as a player and a coach…I have been in some situations where the ambulance had to come on the field and it’s never a good sight. We just hope for the best.”

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11 Responses to “E.J.’s Status For Sunday Night Still Unknown”

  1. By Langdoctrine on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    I have little interst in the pre-season except for using it to make the right moves in the front office to ensure that we take it all this year – period. I wish to posit a compelling question.
    – Why not give Brett a formidable “bullpen” in the person of the highest post-season winning percentage QB in league history, Kurt Wariner?

    In this scheme Brett is the starter in the first half of each game – Kurt starts the second half. Both veterans benefit from fewer hits in the gauntlet called the NFL season + play-offs. Both QBs stay in sync with their offensive lines and weapons. Both are proven, cagey, fierce competitors that don’t get confused by new looks from a defense. (Things only the most naive would dare say about any of the back-ups on the Viking roster)

    A ring, a starting position (3rd and 4th qtr) and the chance to make NFL history again, and maybe another million bucks or so might be enough to get Kurt on the field. Call me crazy. I don’t care.

    BUT – answer me this: if you needed to replace an injured Favre early in a post-season game and you have a cold Tavaris Jackson or a ready Kurt Wariner to choose from, to go and win with – honestly – who do send out to call signals? Ziggy? Brad? Be honest. Now make it happen.


  2. By Marty on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    Why would you want to chase another old QB? It doesnt make any sense.

  3. By miles on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    Why arent the vikings playing a 3/4 with all that speedy linebacker depth, the aging pat williams who can definatley come in on 3rd and short and of course jarred and ray. ?

  4. By VikingsDefenseFan on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    Keep EJ on the Bench. Let the man’s leg continue to heal by all means. It’s only pre-season, these games don’t mean anything as far as the season is concerned.

  5. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    I’d like to see him in this week, if only for a series. Let us see that he is healthy.

  6. By nick on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    jared is a 4 3 defenceive end thats why we dont play 3 4

  7. By MGR4FUN on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    i think E. J. should be held (restrained) back yet again this week absolutely no significance to this game … save his return for the home game in front of the purple hoard who will treat him with his due respect for his amazin hard work gettin ready for the saints … one maybe(?) two series and rest him against the broncos too … the saints game is the one that counts … we need E. J. good to go for the saints game … and i mean no disrespect to #54 he has done a remarkable job in the middle durin #56s absence we are blessed with quality athletes and #54 is one

  8. By baby mc on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    kurt warner is retired, he probably doesn’t even wanna play… and what kinda of random idea is that anyways? 2 QBs, splitting the snaps each game is terrible to building team chemistry…everyone knows that, that’s why every other team in the NFL has only 1 starting QB.

  9. By 4eversteve on Aug 22, 2010 | Reply

    Given the depth on this Vikings defense, I would not be surprised if the Vikings aren’t working on a 3/4 defense to confuse teams at practice during the week could be on unveiled when the Vikings go to the play-offs this year keeping opposing offenses off balance and guessing. They already have the personnel on the roster to pull it off, maybe a version of the 46 which Frazier played under Buddy Ryan in 1985!

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