The signs aren’t encouraging for Vikings starting MLB E.J. Henderson to play in Monday night’s game against the Saints. Henderson, who dislocated two toes in last week’s game, did not practice on Thursday and is wearing a walking boot to immobilize his left foot. Coach Brad Childress said Thursday that Henderson continues to experience swelling in the foot, which isn’t allowing team doctors to assess his condition.
“We’re still trying to get the swelling down in that thing,” Childress said. “It’s swollen pretty good and he’s treated here over the weekend and through Wednesday. The swelling is tough coming down. It’s hard to make all the evaluations you need to make until the swelling comes down where you can really put your hands on it and move it around. At this point in time, it’s just a little too painful for that. He’s going to be in a boot just to immobilize that joint so it’s not moving around and to protect it.”
Childress said during his press conference on Thursday that second-year pro David Herron would start if Henderson is unable to play. Vikings.com has more on the story.