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Will EJ Henderson Play Against the Buccaneers?

Middle linebacker EJ Henderson

EJ Henderson missed two practices this week with a swollen knee. The Vikings’ training staff had the knee examined earlier this week, but found no obvious pathology. EJ has been resting his knee and indicated to the Star Tribune that he expects to play. Other reports have emerged, however, saying that he will be a game-time decision.

The Vikings’ 4-3 defense relies heavily on EJ as the middle-linebacker. Xavier Adibi, who was previously with the Texans, is EJ’s back up on the Vikings’ depth chart. Would he be able to fill in capably for EJ in the event he can’t play tomorrow? Adibi joined the Vikings during the shortened off-season and hasn’t had much time to adapt to the Vikings’ defense. I think it would be difficult for him to step in as what is essentially the quarterback of the defense with his limited time here. Adibi is a 4 year veteran, however, so perhaps I’m being overly alarmist.

Keep your eye on this situation as inactives come out tomorrow.


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