The Vikings had 12 players listed on this week’s injury report, but only 1 of them has been declared out for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. CB Chris Cook (knee) missed both Thursday and Friday practices and will be held out on Sunday.
The following players are listed as questionable: DE Ray Edwards (ankle), WR Percy Harvin (illness), G Steve Hutchinson (thumb), WR Greg Lewis (concussion), RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) and S Jamarca Sanford (hamstring). The following players are listed as probable: S Husain Abdullah (ankle), WR Bernard Berrian (groin), QB Brett Favre (ankle/neck/right shoulder), S Eric Frampton (hamstring) and WR Sidney Rice (hip).
For the Bills, Eric Wood, Dwan Edwards, Reggie Torbor and Shawn Nelson are out. Terrence McGee is doubtful, Torrell Troup is questionable and Demetrius Bell, C.J. Spiller, Spencer Johnson and Chris Kelsay are probable.
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E.J. Henderson will lead the Vikings defense against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, just a day shy of the 1-year anniversary of his season-ending leg injury from last year. It was on December 6, 2009 against the Arizona Cardinals when Henderson suffered a fractured femur, an injury that some thought could end the veteran’s career.
“From everything I was told when the injury occurred and the rarity of guys coming back and playing and how infrequent that injury occurs in football, everything I heard was grim,” Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Thursday. “The fact that he ended up starting in our New Orleans game (season-opener), I was as surprised as anybody and he’s gotten better and better as the year has gone on.”
The fact that Henderson not only made it back to the field but has also re-assumed his role as a playmaker and the heart of the defense is a tribute to his resiliency. Those of us who’ve been around Henderson for most of his career have seen him transition from an underachieving 2nd-round pick to a team leader. We’ve seen him transition from a disconnected teammate to the Vikings Community Man of the Year.
But now, with his injury and subsequent rehab and comback occurring on a national stage, others are noticing the same transition. Ultimately, the transition has resulted in Henderson becoming a person and a player who embodies what it means to be a Viking.
Henderson currently leads all NFL LBs in INTs with 3 and he also registered a sack last week in Washington, his first sack since November 22 of last year. In 2008 Henderson suffered a season-ending foot injury and some wondered if he’d ever return to form. He clearly had last season, ranking as the team’s leading tackler at the time of the leg injury in Arizona. Then some doubted he’d be able to recover from the leg injury. With those 3 INTs, a forced fumble and numerous other splash plays this season, he clearly has.
“We’re so accustomed to seeing him make those splash plays on a repeated basis, and I think he’s right where he needs to be in order to make that happen the rest of the way, as evidenced by what happened on Sunday,” Frazier said. “It should be good for the rest of our football team as the year goes on.
“And I still can’t believe he’s doing what he’s doing. None of us thought that even now he’d be out there.”
Tags: E.J. Henderson, Leslie Frazier
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Unable to score tickets to this Sunday’s Vikings-Bills game? No problem, because there are several other ways to take in the action.
– As usual, we’ll have a live chat here on vikings.com during the game. We’ll launch the chat just before kickoff, so be sure to join us.
– The game will be televised by CBS, featuring Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots
calling the action.
– There will be no national radio broadcast.
–I recommend tuning in to either KFAN-AM 1130 or KTLK 100.3 FM to hear Paul Allen call the action and Pete Bercich handle the analysis. Greg Coleman is the sideline reporter. Also, Mike Mussman will anchor the pre-game show, which begins at 10:00 a.m. CT.
KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 72-station, 5-state Vikings Radio Network.
Tags: Paul Allen
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Last week the Vikings broke their 9-game road losing streak with a win over the Washington Redskins and this Sunday they have a chance to win consecutive games for the first time in 2010. The Buffalo Bills come to town and a potential 2-game winning streak is just one of many statistical achievements to watch out for Sunday – here are a few more…
– Sunday’s game will be Leslie Frazier’s first opportunity to lead the Vikings in a home game at Mall of America Field. Frazier is 1-0 as the interim head coach.
– With a sack, DE Jared Allen can move into a 4th place tie in NFL history for the most sacks in the first 7 seasons. Allen has 79.5 since entering the NFL in 2004, which ranks 5th and trails Leslie O’Neal’s 80.5 (1986-93). With 1.5 sacks, Allen can tie Richard Dent’s (1983-89) 81.0 for 3rd.
– K Ryan Longwell can move up the NFL charts for career FGs made. Longwell currently ranks 16th in NFL history with 334 FGs made. He can tie George Blanda (335) for 15th place with 1 FG.
– RB Adrian Peterson needs 1 rushing TD to move into a 7th place tie in NFL history for the most rushing TDs in the first 4 NFL seasons. Peterson is currently 9th with 48 career rushing TDs and trails Jim Brown and Maurice Jones-Drew, who both had 49 in their first 4 years.
– With 15 receiving yards, TE Visanthe Shiancoe can pass Stu Voigt’s 1,919 career receiving yards as a Viking, which ranks 2nd in team history. Currently Shiancoe has 1,905 receiving yards.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen, Leslie Frazier, Ryan Longwell, Visanthe Shiancoe
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