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The Jets have placed ILB Erin Henderson on the non-football injury/illness list without specifying the ailment, according to multiple reports. That leaves the D missing 2 of its top 3 ILBs, with rookie Darron Lee out with an ankle injury. ILB David Harris is also just a week removed from missing the Monday night game at Arizona with a hamstring injury, and DE Muhammad Wilkerson is questionable against the Ravens with a sore ankle. The whole picture makes Ravens RB Terrance West look a bit better against a normally Jets run D.

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The Jets have ruled rookie LB Darron Lee out for Sunday's game against the Ravens with the ankle injury he suffered in Monday night's loss to the Cardinals. HC Todd Bowles said that it's too early to tell whether Lee will miss time beyond this week, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. The defense does expect to get LB David Harris back after a hamstring injury cost him Week 6. Erin Henderson and Bruce Carter also figure to remain in the LB rotation.

Jets LB David Harris is doubtful for Monday night's game at Arizona with a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice all week. HC Todd Bowles told NJ.com that the team would rotate Darron Lee, Erin Henderson and Bruce Carter at the ILB spots in Harris' absence. Lee's the top option, though his snap counts have varied widely. He should be a strong bet to play more than 75% of the snaps against the Cardinals with Harris out.

Darryl Slater of NJ.com says you shouldn't be surprised if Erin Henderson spends all of 2016 starting ahead of 1st-round rookie Darron Lee at ILB, next to incumbent David Harris. Slater says he envisions Lee "being a situational sub packages player who can use his lateral speed and athleticism to help the Jets in pass coverage." We'd certainly bet on Lee getting the opportunity to take the job from Henderson, who played sparingly for the Jets last year after spending 2014 out of football. But the 30-year-old spent most of the 3 seasons before that starting at multiple LB spots in Minnesota. He has been a solid -- though inconsistent -- pro. The situation is at least worth keeping in mind as you consider Lee's 2016 fantasy football prospects. The team clearly views him as a long-term starter, but don't overrate the rookie in 2016 IDP drafts.

Three months after the Vikings released him, LB Erin Henderson said he's sober, resolving his off-field issues and hoping for another chance in Minnesota.  "I completely understood where the organization was coming from and what they needed to do for themselves moving forward," Henderson told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press on Wednesday.  He also said that GM Rick Spielman told him "if I can continue to take care of myself from what I need to take care of, then there's always a chance that I can get back up there. So the door was left open."  Henderson spent 30 days in a rehab program this offseason after 2 DUI arrests within a month and a half in 2013 and recently reached plea deals in both cases.  The Vikings remain in need of LB help.  Dallas also popped up with a need this week after MLB Sean Lee's ACL tear.  Look for Henderson to sign somewhere this summer.  The right landing spot could position him as a sleeper in the 2014 IDP rankings.

Vikings LB Erin Henderson got charged with drunken driving Wednesday, his 2nd such charge within the past 6 weeks.  Henderson previously got picked up on Nov. 19 and wound up a surprise inactive for the ensuing game as he dealt with a "personal issue."  Combine these 2 arrests with the fact that he has played his way out of a 3-down role at 2 different LB spots for Minnesota the past 2 years, and Henderson might not make it to the 2014 season with the Vikings.

FOX Sports North reports that Vikings LB Audie Cole will miss Sunday's finale because of the right ankle sprain that cost him all but 5 snaps in Week 16.  LB Erin Henderson returned to the middle after Cole's injury last Sunday and racked up 12 tackles (7 solo).  He regains IDP upside against Detroit in the finale.

The Vikings announced today that LB Erin Henderson will move back to the weak side, his starting spot over the previous 2 seasons.  That means LB Audie Cole will remain in the middle after replacing Henderson there each of the past 2 weeks.  Henderson has had particular issues in coverage in recent seasons, which makes him a poor bet for 3-down work.  We'll take Cole as the stronger IDP option the rest of the way and wait to see Henderson's role this week before projecting him forward.

It seemed last week as though Vikings coaches were considering moving LB Audie Cole outside after an impressive start in the middle.  Instead, Cole started at MLB again in Week 13, despite Erin Henderson's return.  The team initially said only that Henderson missed Week 12 to tend to a personal matter.  Turns out he had been arrested for DWI earlier that week.  Combine that with unspectacular on-field performance, and you get an opportunity for Cole.  HC Leslie Frazier praised Cole's Week 13 play -- just as he did the week before -- which makes it seem likely that Cole will keep the job.  Henderson could resurface on the weak side, which he played before moving to the middle this season.  But he's a reserve for now and likely no more than a 2-down player even if he gets back into the lineup.  Feel free to drop him from your fantasy football team in IDP formats.  Grab Cole if available after he tallied 9 tackles and a pass breakup in the OT win over the Bears.

Vikings MLB Erin Henderson returned to the team Monday after missing Sunday's game at Green Bay because of a personal matter.  That leaves coaches deciding what to do with LB Audie Cole.  The 2nd-year man made his 1st start in Henderson's place Sunday and delivered a team-leading 13 tackles.  HC Leslie Frazier acknowledged Monday that Cole played well and could compete for into an outside position going forward.  Minnesota has Henderson and strong-side LB Chad Greenway locked in but has lacked an answer on the weak side all year.

Vikings MLB Erin Henderson will miss this weekend's trip to Green Bay while he deals with a personal issue.  We've seen no further info on exactly what the situation might be, but it removes a potential top 10 LB from IDP lineups this weekend.  Audie Cole will start in Henderson's place, with rookie Mike Mauti sharing time if his knee is healthy enough.  Neither should be on your fantasy radar.  The situation adds tackle upside to strong-side LB Chad Greenway.

HC Leslie Frazier said that MLB Erin Henderson " is thriving with his new assignment and evolving into the leader necessary to command the defensive huddle," according to TwinCities.com.  Frazier said that Henderson's play in the middle and Desmond Bishop's relatively smooth transition to 4-3 weak-side LB have coaches not thinking about any switch.  "We'll see how it goes over the next few weeks, but so far, so good," he added.  Both Henderson and Bishop look intriguing as later-round IDP selections this season.  Henderson, in particular, remains available very late in many drafts because he has yet to put together a good fantasy season.  He has the talent to finish among the top 20 LBs.

The Vikings opened camp with Erin Henderson at MLB and Desmond Bishop sharing reps on the weak side.  HC Leslie Frazier pointed out that Bishop missed the entire offseason program, didn't play at all last season and is still working back from his hamstring tear.  He rotated in with Gerald Hodges and Marvin Mitchell in early workouts.  We expect Bishop to emerge as the WLB starter, but Henderson will have to prove he doesn't belong in the middle before the team will move him back outside.

Arizona signed former Vikings MLB Jasper Brinkley to a 2-year deal on Thursday. Brinkley is expected to take over the strong ILB job from Paris Lenon. It wasn't a big-number spot in the old scheme. The stats went to the other ILB, Daryl Washington. Expect more of the same even though DC Ray Horton moved on to Cleveland. Brinkley is a big, hard-hitting LB but struggles in coverage. His departure from Minnesota could help OLB Erin Henderson regain 3-down duties.

Vikings OLB Erin Henderson has agreed to a new 2-year deal with the Vikings. It marks the 2nd time he has stayed with the team after hitting the open market. Henderson was said to be miffed about not getting a long-term deal from the Vikes last time. Apparently it didn't bug him too much. After a strong start to the 2012 fantasy football season, Henderson got hurt and returned as a 2-down player. MLB Jasper Brinkley is also a free agent, though. If Henderson can get on the field for 3rd downs in 2013, he could turn into an IDP factor. Otherwise, he won't be worth much attention from fantasy owners.

The Vikings expect to get OLB Erin Henderson back in the lineup today after 2 games off with a concussion. MLB Jasper Brinkley will reportedly keep sub-package duties, however, making Henderson a bit risky to return to IDP lineups. Consider him a lower-end LB3 against Tennessee.

Vikings WLB Erin Henderson missed practice Thursday because of a concussion. The team has yet to address his status for Sunday. We'll certainly keep an eye on that. If he's available, Henderson is a strong IDP option. His owners obviously need to secure an alternative ahead of time, though. Marvin Mitchell worked at Henderson's position in practice Thursday. MLB Jasper Brinkley joined SLB Chad Greenway in sub packages. Brinkley would turn into an IDP sleeper if that scenario carries into the matchup with the Niners.

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