The Minnesota Vikings not only lost the game on Sunday night, but also lost a key member of their defense.
Vikings linebacker EJ Henderson suffered a horrendous injury that was later identified as a broken leg during the 4th quarter of Minnesota's 30-17 loss at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals on last night's nationally televised game.
The incident happened with about six and a half minutes remaining in the contest and Arizona leading 27-10. The Cardinals had a 2nd and 6 on the Minnesota 37-yard line when running back Tim Hightower took the carry and bounced to the right side of the field. Henderson attempted to chase him down from behind when safety Jamarca Sanford came up and dove at Hightower's legs. Hightower stepped over the tackle attempt and Sanford went shoulder-first into Henderson's left leg, fracturing his femur. Henderson was taken off the field on a cart.
Henderson is a seventh-year linebacker from Maryland. He only played in four games last season due to injury and had been making a significant impact for a Vikings defensive group that had seen tremendous success this season. Henderson had 83 tackles, six fumble recoveries and a pass defensed in 12 games this season.
Here is the EJ Henderson injury video.