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Updated: October 7th, 2012 2:07pm
Erin Henderson gets start for Vikings; Kenny Britt active for Titans

Erin Henderson gets start for Vikings; Kenny Britt active for Titans

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- As expected, Erin Henderson returned to the Minnesota Vikings' lineup on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Henderson was on the 46-man roster for the first time since reporting concussion symptoms on Sept. 19, three days after the Vikings' loss at Indianapolis. He returned to practice on Wednesday on a limited basis, then fully participated on Thursday and Friday.

That was good news for the Vikings, who had to deactivate Henderson's fill-in, Marvin Mitchell, because of a calf strain suffered in practice. Henderson was expected to play in the base defense only, with Jasper Brinkley staying on the field in nickel.

Henderson had been listed as questionable on Friday's injury report along with receiver Michael Jenkins (rib), who also was active. The Vikings also had Stephen Burton active, giving them five receivers available for the first time this season.

Joining Mitchell among the inactives were: quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, receiver Jarius Wright, safeties Andrew Sendejo and Mistral Raymond, offensive lineman Mark Asper and end D'Aundre Reed. Raymond and Sendejo previously were ruled out with ankle injuries.

There was one surprise for Tennessee: starting receiver Kenny Britt was listed as active despite not practicing for two weeks because of an ankle injury. The Titans had listed him as questionable along with middle linebacker Colin McCarthy (ankle), who also was active.

The Titans previously ruled out starting quarterback Jake Locker (left shoulder), giving veteran Matt Hasselbeck the start. Also inactive for Tennessee were: running back Jamie Harper, linebacker Patrick Bailey, tackle Mike Otto, guard Deuce Lutui, receiver Lavelle Hawkins and end Scott Solomon.

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