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E.J. Henderson aiming to return for Vikings

Suffered gruesome fractured femur in December Brad Biggs

Print This March 17, 2010, 09:39 AM EST

The Minnesota Vikings have not made any bold moves at linebacker to this point, so perhaps they are counting on E.J. Henderson to return to the middle of the defense, the spot he’s anchored well as a captain of the unit.

He is certainly planning on returning to that role as he works his way back from an ugly injury suffered at Arizona on Dec. 6 when he fractured the femur in his left leg. Immediately there was concern not just about whether or not he would play again, but how he would rebound from such a serious break.

Well, the former Maryland star likes the path he is on now. He’s been walking without a cane for three weeks now and pledged to be back for the Vikings, speaking Tuesday on his situation for the first time since the injury.

“Oh I’m definitely going to play football again," Henderson said, per Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I really don’t think that’s a question at this point barring some freak occurrence. But I’m definitely going to play football again. It’s just a matter of will I be back in July or August

"It’s been pretty tough. I really don’t want to get into that now but I think you all know it’s been a tough process. But nothing but uphill now. I think the worst is behind me. From a break like that you have to start over so basically that’s what we’re doing right now. We’re trying to build everything back up and be ready to go.”

Henderson missed only three games through the first five seasons of his career. Multiple dislocated toes cost him 12 games in 2008 and now he’s coming back from a rare injury in football. The Vikings plugged Jasper Brinkley in when Henderson went down and he did OK. Henderson is a leader on defense so the Vikings will probably give him a shot to return, but like Henderson said, this is an uphill climb.

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