Vikings coach Brad Childress said middle linebacker E.J. Henderson has several dislocated toes on his left foot and is wearing a protective boot today. Henderson had an MRI on Monday morning.
“We don’t have any idea of his ongoing status until we’re able to research that a little more with the doctors,” Childress said.
Childress described Henderson’s injury as “unusual.” It happened when he went to make a tackle on a third-down run and planted on his foot.
“He kind of posted on it and bent on it and was kind of bracing on it,” Childress said. “Whatever happened, happened in there. He didn’t have anybody fall on him or anything like that. Kind of an unusual kind of injury.”
– Left tackle Bryant McKinnie was back at Winter Park on Monday morning but he wasn’t available to the media. Childress said the team, per NFL rules, asked the league for a roster exemption for one week. He described it as a formality. The team won’t have to make an immediate roster move to clear room for McKinnie.
“I had a good talk with him this morning,” Childress said. “He looks to be in great shape and good spirits.”
Asked if McKinnie comes back as a starter, Childress repeated what he said after the game.
“You want to evaluate that,” he said. “You want to look at his conditioning, his stamina and those kind of things. He looks like he’s done a lot of work since he’s been down [in Miami] in the heat.”