Arizona Cardinals defeat Minnesota Vikings, 30-17

Rookie Jasper Brinkley wasn't sure when he would get an opportunity to play middle linebacker for the Vikings, but he prepared for that day by studying how veteran E.J. Henderson approached the position and by asking questions.

"He's like my mentor," Brinkley said Monday.

Well, we're about to find out just how much Brinkley has learned.

The fifth-round draft pick out of South Carolina last April is going to get the opportunity to replace Henderson, who suffered a ...

GLENDALE, ARIZ. - The silence in the Vikings locker room late Sunday night was all one needed to observe to understand just how painful of loss this team had suffered at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals.

Not only had the Vikings easily played their worst game of the season in a 30-17 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals but they also had lost defensive captain and middle linebacker E.J. Henderson to a fractured femur in his left leg. Players choked up as they attempted to ...

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The mood inside the Vikings locker room following a 30-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals told the seriousness of a leg injury to middle linebacker and emotional leader E.J. Henderson.

The room was completely silent when reporters were allowed in. Several players were visibly shaken and near tears as they talked about Henderson, who suffered a fractured femur in his left leg when he collided with rookie safety Jamarca Sanford on a tackle attempt in the f...