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Updated: September 18th, 2011 9:58am
E.J. Henderson active for Vikings against Tampa; Greg Camarillo to sit

E.J. Henderson active for Vikings against Tampa; Greg Camarillo to sit

by Judd Zulgad
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker E.J. Henderson will be active for the Minnesota Vikings game against Tampa Bay on Sunday after showing enough in a pregame workout to put to rest concerns about swelling in his left knee.

The most interesting of the Vikings' inactives is wide receiver Greg Camarillo, who played last Sunday at San Diego but was not targeted once by quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Also inactive for the Vikings will be cornerback Brandon Burton, safety Mistral Raymond, center Brandon Fusco, defensive end Adrian Awasom, offensive tackle DeMarcus Love and defensive end D'Aundre Reed.

Awasom missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a knee injury and was limited on Friday. Burton, Raymond, Fusco, Love and Reed were all members of the Vikings' 2011 draft class.

Henderson was on the field before 10 this morning testing out his swollen left knee.

He did not practice on Thursday or Friday but said he has dealt with similar swelling in his knee since undergoing surgery to repair a fractured femur in December 2009.

Watching Henderson go through his workout were coach Leslie Frazier, defensive coordinator Fred Pagac, linebackers coach Mike Singletary and athletic trainer Eric Sugarman.

Henderson started all 16 games last season at middle linebacker after missing the final four regular-season games and two postseason contests in 2009 after suffering the broken leg.

The Vikings do have backup middle linebacker Xavier Adibi on the 46-man game-day roster after not having him up last weekend.

Among those who also will be active is center/guard Joe Berger, who was signed six days ago. Berger and backup tackle Pat Brown are the only backup offensive linemen who are active.

With Awasom and Reed both not in uniform, the only backup defensive end is Everson Griffen. However, rookie Christian Ballard can play both tackle and end.

Cornerback Asher Allen, who missed last Sunday's game because of a foot injury, is active.

The Buccaneers inactives include wide receiver Sammie Stroughter (foot), running back Allen Bradford, safety Larry Asante, cornerbacks Myron Lewis (ankle) and Anthony Gaitor and tackles Demar Dotson and James Lee.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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