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Jasper Brinkley Playing Well After Missing Last Season

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley had a breakout game against the Sand Diego Chargers Friday night, totaling four tackles and two sacks in Minnesota's 12-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

After missing the entire 2011-12 season due to hip surgery, Brinkley is gaining confidence in his hip after his breakout game Friday. Speaking with Bruce Brothers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Brinkley said being able to get on the gridiron was big for him,

"It was just getting back in the game and getting on the field. I've been away from the game for a year, so it's good to go out and have a good game like tonight."

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was also complimentary of Brinkley's performance.

"He seemed like he played a lot better. He was more aggressive. It seemed he was out there having fun, let it go a little bit. Just encouraging, his play. ... He made a lot of plays tonight. That should help his confidence."

With Brinkely back to 100%, it will be a big plus to the Vikings defense as they prepare for their season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 9.

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