Minnesota middle linebacker E.J. Henderson spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since fracturing his left femur in a gruesome December injury. Henderson told a group of reporters that he is certain he will resume his career in 2010 and that it's only a matter of when doctors clear him to start practicing.
"Oh, I'm definitely going to play football again," Henderson said. "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?"
The Vikings haven't made a move to replace Henderson, who was walking with a cane until recently. Jasper Brinkley played in his place last season, with outside linebacker Ben Leber calling defensive signals. It would appear the Vikings plan on using that combination again unless another option presents itself before Henderson returns.
Continuing around the NFC North:
To clear up the situation with Green Bay tight end Spencer Havner: He was arrested for driving under the influence after a motorcycle accident last weekend, but it is up to a California district attorney to determine whether he will be formally charged. Here's an explanation from Tom Silverstein and Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers signed punter Chris Bryan, who most recently kicked as an Australian rules football player.
The new contract of Packers right tackle Mark Tauscher could be worth up to $8.7 million over two years, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Chicago safety Danieal Manning, a restricted free agent, won't report to the Bears' offseason training until he gets a new contract, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford is taking a leadership role in his first offseason as the Lions' starter, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
Free-agent linebacker Landon Johnson will visit Detroit on Wednesday, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News.