Erin Henderson Suspended Four Games for Violating PED Policy


It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Henderson family.  First, E.J. was lost for the season after breaking his femur.  And now, E.J.’s brother Erin, who memorably rode off the field with E.J. after his gruesome injury, has been suspended four games for a violation of the league’s performance enhancing drugs policy.

Henderson, a 2008 draft pick out of Maryland, had played in only one other game this year before suiting up against the Bengals this weekend to fill in on special teams for the injured Karl Paymah.  He made his presence felt by recovering a Darius Reynaud fumble at a point when a turnover might’ve given Cincinnati hope.

And now he will spend the rest of the regular season, and the Vikings‘ first playoff game, watching from the sidelines, without being paid.

The last Viking to be suspended for such a violation was Ray Edwards, who missed four games in 2007.  Of course, Kevin and Pat Williams had been set to be suspended last season for taking a banned substance, but the courts intervened, and those players have still not been punished for that particular incident (nor does it look like they ever will).

Henderson’s loss will not affect the linebacker rotation, but does leave Brad Childress with one less option on special teams, in the event of an injury.  Can you say “dumb ass?”

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  • jw nelson

    Id say its gotten to the point that NFL players have to have a chemical analysis done on everything before they put into their mouths to eat or drink, wouldn’t you agree?
    And for that matter have everything tested from prescriptions to food and water they have to ingest.
    Now wouldnt we all agree its gone a little to far? And who knows, maybe Goodell is retaliating like the little girl he is after losing yet another appeal this last monday? Its nobodys fault but Goodells and the NFL for being ” stupid “, might I say? Its nobodys fault that he took all this to the Congress where he was embarressed in a most fashionable manner that any little nerd could get, and told not to waste their time anymore with his petty crap, unless he wants congress to take over the management of the NFL. Just wait to see the Williams get their day in court come this next march. Until then, the NFL and Goodell will squirm like worms.
    And yeah, Chilly did goof on not having a spare Linebacker, but so what, the team is stacked with enough talent to overcome the situation.

  • joe

    They should let the players drop acid. The great viking teams under bud grant were a bunch of cokeheads, so why not let them PARTY!!!!

    The reason they were always so crappy on superbowl sunday is that their dealers supplied they with EXTRA PURE cocaine – and then they used this inside information to win fortunes betting against a team that would be in no shape to compete at this level.

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