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.
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