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Updated: February 7th, 2014 2:31pm
Vikings release linebacker Erin Henderson

Vikings release linebacker Erin Henderson

by Derek Wetmore
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The Vikings have released linebacker Erin Henderson.

Following two in-season arrests -- a November suspicion of DWI and a New Year's Day suspicion of DUI -- the team cut ties with the six-year pro out of Maryland, the Vikings announced Friday. 

Henderson attempted to fill the team's void at middle linebacker in 2013, but struggled with the transition and eventually returned to the weakside. Former coach Leslie Frazier eventually admitted that Henderson was not the Vikings' 'Plan A,' but a "result of the plight we were in" at the position before the 2013 season.

Audie Cole filled in at middle linebacker following Henderson's first arrest in November.

The Vikings are on the hook for $250,000 dollars of Henderson's signing bonus in 2014, according to Because of the multiple arrests, underwhelming performance and minimal sunk cost to his contract, cutting Henderson is not seen as a surprise.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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