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Updated: August 30th, 2011 7:49pm
Jasper Brinkley to miss extended time, may land on IR with hip injury

Jasper Brinkley to miss extended time, may land on IR with hip injury

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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For the second straight year, it appears the Minnesota Vikings have lost a player in late August to a hip injury suffered the previous season.

Backup linebacker Jasper Brinkley is expected to miss substantial time, an NFL source said on Tuesday night, and he could land on injured reserve if he opts to undergo surgery as Sidney Rice did around the same time last year.

As of Tuesday night, the Vikings were having discussions about whether to place Brinkley on IR or wait for him to come back. Surgery likely would sideline him for at least two months.

Brinkley, 26, has played in every game since the Vikings drafted him in the fifth round out of South Carolina in 2009. He started four games as a rookie in place of injured E.J. Henderson and has been a core special teams player.

Coaches hoped Brinkley would push Erin Henderson for the starting weakside linebacker job in training camp this year. But Brinkley showed a lack of explosion in two preseason appearances, then was sidelined from practice last week with a hip injury coach Leslie Frazier said was left over from last season.

Rice suffered his injury in the NFC championship game in January 2010 and had microfracture surgery to repair cartilage damage in his ailing hip last Aug. 23. The standout receiver wasn't activated from the physically unable to perform list until nearly three months later, made his season debut on Nov. 21 and signed with the Seattle Seahawks last month.

The Vikings waived their third-string middle linebacker, undrafted rookie Jonathan Gilmore, in Monday's cuts. David Herron, signed off the street last week, worked with the second team in Tuesday's practice.

Brinkley's agent, Jason Chayut, did not immediately respond to messages.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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