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Erin Henderson Injury: Vikings LB still hasn't passed concussion test

Erin Henderson still hasn't returned to practice with Minnesota Vikings after beginning to experience concussion symptoms last Wednesday.

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Vikings LB Erin Henderson still on the mend

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson suffered a concussion during the team's Week 2 loss to the Indianapolis Colts and did not play in Week 3, but he hopes to get back on the field against the Detroit Lions.

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told the media on Thursday that Henderson has yet to pass all required concussion tests, but noted that the linebacker could still play if he is able to practice on Friday. Henderson sat out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

The 26-year-old defender has been credited with 22 tackles so far this season to go along with two sacks, so it would be a boost to the defense if he could return on Sunday. Henderson played in 15 games for the Vikings last season, recording 70 tackles and 1.5 sacks during that time. Marvin Mitchell -- who has been filling in for Henderson but is nursing an ankle injury -- had full participation in practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Vikings and Lions are set to clash at 12 p.m. CT on Sunday, Sept. 30.

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Erin Henderson 'out' on final injury report

The Minnesota Vikings don't have a lot of injury problems at this early juncture of the season, but Friday's injury report did reveal one rather large issue that had already been expected. Starting linebacker Erin Henderson will miss this weekend's game against the San Francisco 49ers, giving Marvin Mitchell an opportunity to start.

Mitchell hasn't played this season yet due to injury issues of his own, but Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams believes he's ready to step in and fill the big shoes of Henderson:

"Marvin has been in ball games as a starter, he's been in ball games as a backup, he's played a lot of football so everything that happens is not new to him out there. That gives me comfort and when he's been in ball games, he's performed well so that gives me comfort that it's not all new to him and we're not playing guys that have not played a lot of football. Marvin has so I feel good about that."

Defensive end D'Aundre Reed was also listed as out on this week's final injury report while Rhett Ellison, Mitchell, Brian Robison, Andrew Sendejo and Jarius Wright are all listed as probable.

John Sullivan and Chris Cook both made appearances on the injury report throughout the week as well, but both are apparently 100 percent heading into this weekend's game.

For more on the Vikings, head over to Daily Norseman or SB Nation Minnesota. All the San Francisco 49ers news you need is available at Niners Nation. For more news, notes and analysis from around the league, check out SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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Erin Henderson missed practice due to concussion

Erin Henderson hasn't practiced this week as the Minnesota Vikings have inserted Marvin Mitchell onto the first-team defense as the team gears up for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. There's no telling when Henderson will return from injury, however, because the Vikings aren't sure when it actually happened.

Henderson left last weekend's game with an apparent elbow injury, but there was no talk of a concussion suffered against the Indianapolis Colts until Wednesday's practice, according to head coach Leslie Frazier.

"Wednesday he came out to practice and just didn't feel right," said Frazier of Henderson, who leads the Vikings with 22 tackles and two sacks.

It's a tough injury for the Vikings considering Mitchell hasn't played this year due to injuries of his own, but the fact that Henderson may have played with a concussion is an even bigger cause for concern.

For more on the Vikings, head over to Daily Norseman or SB Nation Minnesota. All the San Francisco 49ers news you need is available at Niners Nation. For more news, notes and analysis from around the league, check out SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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Vikings Injury Report: Erin Henderson Still Out With Concussion

The concussion that Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson suffered last Sunday against Indianapolis continues to keep him out of practice.

Henderson missed a second straight day of practice and if he's unable to play against the San Francisco 49ers this week, Marvin Mitchell would step in as the starting weakside linebacker.

Other defensive personnel sets would be affected by Henderson's absence, too. Though he was to blame for a touchdown pass to the Colts' Reggie Wayne, Henderson finished with 12 tackles and a sack, including three tackles for a loss.

Henderson has 22 tackles and three sacks in his first two games. He's a fifth-year pro out of Maryland.

For more on the Vikings, head over to Daily Norseman or SB Nation Minnesota. All the San Francisco 49ers news you need is available at Niners Nation. For more news, notes and analysis from around the league, check out SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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Vikings Injury Report: Erin Henderson Sits Out Practice With Concussion

The Minnesota Vikings released their injury report on Wednesday, as the Vikings get ready to play host to the San Francisco 49ers.

Linebacker Erin Henderson did not practice for the Vikings because of a concussion. Henderson left Sunday's game against the Colts, but did return to action. Still, if Henderson does indeed have a concussion, Minnesota may very well play it safe and hold him out of Week 3's contest against the 49ers.

Center John Sullivan was limited in his participating in practice because of an ankle injury.

Chris Cook (biceps), Rhett Ellison (ankle), Marvin Mitchell (ankle), Brian Robison (elbow), Andrew Sendejo (ankle), and Jarius Wright (ankle) were full participants, despite their injuries.

Wright, a rookie wide receiver, has been sidelined since Minnesota's preseason finale with an ankle sprain. If Wright does play on Sunday, he'll be making his NFL debut against one of the league's top defenses.

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