Minnesota Vikings LB E.J. Henderson fractured his femur midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s 30-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Vikings coach Brad Childress said that the injury would require surgery.
Henderson was hurt when he took an accidental hit to his left leg by teammate Jamarca Sanford as they chased down Cardinals RB Tim Hightower. Henderson’s left knee awkwardly bent inward on contact, and twisted violently in the air before he landed on the field.
The severity of Henderson’s injury was immediately obvious, as players from both teams and team medical personnel surrounded him on the field. Henderson, clearly in pain, was lifted onto a cart and taken off the field as one team trainer held his left leg in place.
Among those with Henderson as he was carted off the field was Erin Henderson, his younger brother who is also a linebacker for the Vikings but was deactivated for the game.
Although no official announcement has been made, the nature of Henderson’s injury makes it very likely his season will be cut short for the second consecutive year. His 2008 season ended after four games when he underwent surgery on his left foot.