Nov 24, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Audie Cole (57) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien (16) during the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Audie Cole Wins Starting Linebacker Position


The Minnesota Vikings have a new regular starting middle linebacker and his name is Audie Cole.

Nov 24, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Audie Cole (57) and safety Andrew Sendejo (34) and safety Jamarca Sanford (33) in the 1st quarter at Lambeau Field. The Packers and Vikings finished in a tie 26-26. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Cole is a former seventh round draft pick who was recently released and signed back to the club.  He got his opportunity to start after Erin Henderson was dealing with “personal issues” (which turned out to be a DUI) and was taken out of the starting lineup.  Since then, Cole has made the most of his opportunities.  Here is a list of his statistics according to NFL.com since being the starter:

  • Week 12 vs Green Bay:  13 combined tackles and one sack
  • Week 13 vs Chicago:  9 combined tackles and one pass defended

Erin Henderson will move to the outside linebacker position according to USA Today’s Tom Pellisero.  This will give the Vikings a starting linebacker group of Chad Greenway, Audie Cole, and Erin Henderson.

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