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Updated: December 2nd, 2013 3:06pm
With Cole's play, Vikings will consider moving Henderson back to WLB

With Cole's play, Vikings will consider moving Henderson back to WLB

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. --Minnesota Vikings linebacker Audie Cole played too well in Sunday's win against the Chicago Bears to be benched in favor of once-starter Erin Henderson.

Suited up, Henderson was one of only two active Vikings players to not see a single snap after he returned from a week off following a Nov. 19 arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. Coach Leslie Frazier and Henderson both contend his absence from the team was separate from the arrest.

"[I] just liked the way Audie [Cole] was playing and the way our defense as a whole was playing," Frazier said Monday. "Even though we gave up some yards, we did a great job of keeping the points down, great job on third down. Just liked the way [Cole] was leading out there."

"Erin [Henderson] was ready to go, but liked the way that Audie was playing."

Henderson, 27, signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Vikings this offseason and led the team in tackles before missing his first game in the Nov. 24 tie at Lambeau Field. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2008, Henderson started at weak-side linebacker after the Vikings decided not to re-sign Ben Leber in 2011. 

Second-year linebacker Audie Cole filled in for Henderson and led all defenders with 13 tackles against the Green Bay Packers and was second on the team with nine tackles in Sunday's win. Cole's play was enough to give him all of the 66 defensive snaps against the Chicago Bears, per Frazier.

His performances are too much to ignore to the point where Frazier and the coaching staff are going to consider moving Henderson back to his original position in the linebacker corps.

"I didn't consider it for this last ballgame, but [moving Henderson back] is something to definitely consider going forward, but not for the Chicago game," Frazier said.

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
Email Andrew | @andrew_krammer
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