The saddest part of the whole Sunday night debacle wasn’t that the Vikings were exposed by the Cardinal defense. Not Favre’s mediocre performance or Peterson’s non-existance. That was just football. Adjustments will be made and all will be right with the world next weekend.
But after watching the gruesome E J Henderson injury I can’t help but feel that we may have seen the last of the Viking middle linebacker. This is the type and severety of injury that just doesn’t get better. At least not 100 % better.
We are not just talking broken femur. We are talking motor and sensory nerve damage. Possible severed arteries, etc.
The good news is that although I am not privey to his medical records, it appears that the damage was confined to the bone, and not the knee joint. A knee is a whole other animal. Joints are much more complex and there is much more to go wrong. Cartilige. ligiments and tendons don’t heal as well as bone. So….maybe if all goes well, EJ gets some new shiney pins, plates and/or rods that will be setting off airport monitors for the rest of his life, but the bone mends !
In a best case scenario, there is no nerve damage. He can FEEL what he’s suppose to feel and there is no drop-off in the nerve conduction velocity between his leg and brain. But in the razor’s edge, that is life in the NFL, even a lost 1/2 step can be the difference between the pro-bowl and unemployment, here’s hoping EJ can overcome. Just like he was beginning to overcome the knee injury from last year. Here’s hoping he has the mental fortitude to rehab this thing all the way back…….again !
Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress says linebacker E.J. Henderson is in “good spirits” after having surgery on his broken left leg.
Henderson stayed in intensive care at a Phoenix-area hospital while the rest of his teammates went home Sunday night after a 30-17 loss to the Cardinals.
Childress said Monday that the surgery went well. But the coach was not ready to say when, if ever, Henderson would be able to return to the field. The gruesome nature of the injury shook up Henderson’s teammates. Some of them were near tears in the locker room after the game.
The loss of Henderson overshadowed a disappointing performance by the Vikings, who were dominated in every aspect of the game to fall to 10-2 on the season.