The Minnesota Vikings are going into a tough battle this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers, and if they’re to have any chance of winning, they need all key players at full strength. Unfortunately, it looks like they may be without one of their top defenders come Sunday.
Linebacker Erin Henderson has not practiced since Tuesday, with what now looks to be a concussion. His status for Sunday’s game is uncertain.
Head coach Leslie Frazier said that initially he thought Henderson was dealing with an elbow issue, but clearly that’s not the case.
“Wednesday he came out to practice and just didn’t feel right,” said Frazier.
Apparently after being examined by trainers following last Sunday’s game, Henderson showed no signs of a concussion, and it went undiagnosed until the middle of the week when he pulled out of practice.
So the next man up will be Marvin Mitchell, who has yet to play this season due to ankle issues. Mitchell is a certainly a viable replacement, but you have to worry about him adjusting back to the speed of the game, especially with a team like the 49ers coming to town.
Mitchell has his work cut out for him just to replace Henderson’s production, who is leading the team with 22 tackles and 2 sacks so far this season.
While Henderson has yet to be ruled out, it seems unlikely he will play at this point, but he’s still scheduled to undergo further testing to evaluate his status for Sunday.