Erin Henderson at practice Wednesday, will play, but not start Sunday
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson will play Sunday, but not start, after he was arrested on suspcion of DWI on Nov. 19. Henderson is currently suing the state's Department of Public Safety to prevent revocation of his driver's license.
Henderson is at Winter Park on Wednesday and will practice in preparation for Sunday's tilt against the Chicago Bears, per coach Leslie Frazier. He missed all of last week for what Frazier called a 'personal matter,' and would not call his absence in Sunday's tie at Green Bay as discipline.
"This all happened within the last week or so. I knew pretty soon after it happened. Whenever, generally, whenever one of our players gets invovled in an incident, I'm notified as soon as anyone else knows about it," Frazier said. "It was a personal matter and for me to go into detail about it...what you know and what most poeple know is what they see in the report."
"Whatever the follow up is and whatever may come from it, comes from it."
Linebacker Audie Cole will get the start on Sunday again over Henderson. Cole led all defenders with 13 tackles at Lambeau Field and proved to be a competent fill-in, if not more.
For Frazier and the 2-8-1 Vikings, this is their third arrest in three weeks beginning with receiver Jerome Simpson's DWI arrest on Nov. 9. Henderson was arrested on Nov. 19 and cornerback A.J. Jefferson was jailed on Monday morning for probable cause domestic assault.
Jeffereson was released in the hours following his arrest. Simpson played the following week after a one-snap benching, while Henderson is supposed to play less than two weeks after his arrest.
"You're trying to be consistent, you're trying to be fair about what you're doing. But at the same time, you're dealing with each situatoin an individual basis," Frazier said. "I think that's what we've tried to do here. Try to deal with each situation on an individual basis. Now, right wrong or indifferent, that's what's happened."
Henderson won't start at middle linebacker or his old position at weak-side linebacker, but will play on Sunday, per Frazier.
"We don't know all the details, and that's where I'll leave it," Frazier said. "When I mention that it was a personal matter, that's why he didn't play [Sunday]."