E.J. Henderson hoping for early return to field

E.J. Henderson remains optimistic that he will be back on the field when the Minnesota Vikings report to training camp in Mankato, Minn.

Whether or not he’ll be able to meet that goal – or approach the level of play he was at before he suffered a broken femur at Arizona in December – is anyone’s best guess at this point. It was a gruesome injury and Henderson said he hasn’t and never plans to watch a replay of the incident.

But right now he’s doing stretching exercises with a titanium rod on his leg for support and that leaves a long path to travel before he is ready to begin playing football again.

"When I got hurt -- after it was all said and done, once I knew that I'd be able to come back -- my mindset was to do what I've got to do to get back," Henderson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune at a local school appearance. "I think we're right on track where we need to be. Keep working these next two months and, by camp, I should be ready to rock."

Some people figured it would be a year before Henderson could return to the field and that still could be the case. If it is, it would most certainly mean he will be a candidate to begin the season on the physically unable to perform list.

"They put (the) rod in my leg so it's not like it can re-break," he said. "It's been seven months since the injury, so the fracture is pretty much healed up with new bone and new callus. It's not really like any other injury. It's rare, it's unique. But once you get back to full strength, the leg should be stronger.

"This week, maybe last week, was the first week I was really able to step into those football workouts and do the football movements," he said. "Now it's just getting in football shape."

Stay tuned.

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