Black and Blue all over: Henderson speaks

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?"

Here is coverage from the Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Associated Press.

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.

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