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Updated: November 20th, 2011 10:54am
LB Erin Henderson among inactives as thin Vikings defense gets thinner

LB Erin Henderson among inactives as thin Vikings defense gets thinner

by Judd Zulgad and
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MINNEAPOLIS -- There was a time when seeing linebacker Erin Henderson's name on the inactive list was commonplace.

This week it comes as a mild surprise, and also as a blow to a Minnesota Vikings defense that was already plenty beat-up.

Henderson, who ranks fifth on the team with 42 tackles this season, was listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders because of lingering hamstring discomfort. Kenny Onatolu was slated to start at weakside linebacker in Henderson's place.

The other inactives were Husain Abdullah (concussion), right guard Anthony Herrera (knee), cornerback Chris Cook, tackle DeMarcus Love, wide receiver Stephen Burton and defensive end DeAundre Reed.

Tyrell Johnson moved up to starting free safety in place of Abdullah, and Joe Berger was penciled in for Herrera.

The Raiders inactives include quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor and Jason Campbell (collarbone); wide receiver Jacoby Ford (foot); running back Darren McFadden (foot); cornerback Chris Johnson (groin/hamstring); running back Manase Tonga (knee); and guard Bruce Campbell.

Denarius Moore started in place of Ford and Michael Bush started in place of McFadden. DeMarcus Van Dyke started at cornerback for Johnson.

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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