Henderson practicing again, but still limited

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD and DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: October 3, 2012 - 8:10 PM

Erin Henderson returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday. The Vikings linebacker is still working his way back from the concussion he suffered Sept. 16 at Indianapolis, and got clearance to go through parts of practice before another evaluation Thursday.

"This is a little bit different than anything I've ever had to deal with before in my life," Henderson said. "Typically, when you're injured or you're dealing with things, you attack it. You try to get better. You try to do your rehab and do whatever it takes to get back on the field. But when you're dealing with something like this, it's just a completely different animal. The biggest thing is just to rest and take your time and try to come back when you feel like you can be of help to the team."

Henderson believes this is the first concussion he's suffered. He got woozy after a tackle in the game, but returned to play on the final series. He didn't receive a formal concussion diagnosis until three days later.

"It was a different feeling than anything I've ever had to deal with or whatever I've ever been through before," he said. "You kind of feel like you're not really yourself. You don't really have the same oomph you usually have, that same pizzazz that you usually have. I recognized that. But you know, I thought it was a tough game, maybe it took something out of me."

Hutch returns

Steve Hutchinson has seen the visiting locker room at Mall of America Field before. But it's been a long, long time, from back when he was with Seattle, his first NFL team.

"I was just thinking how weird it is to go back," he said.

Hutchinson, for six seasons the Vikings left guard, will be back Sunday, this time playing guard for the visiting Tennessee Titans. Hutchinson was with Seattle from 2001 through 2005, then was signed away by the Vikings thanks to a seven-year, $49 million contract. The Vikings let him go in March.

"It wasn't completely a blindside to me, knowing the direction the team was going," Hutchinson said. "They were trying to get younger in areas. I kind of saw the writing on the wall. ... It was a good six years. But it's a business, too, and they have to do what they have to do."

Hutchinson signed a three-year, $16 million deal with Tennessee. He said the hardest part about moving was relocating his family, but wanted to continue his career.

"I had it in my head that if I had played this last contract out with the Vikings, that would have put me at 12 years," he said. "And that sounded like a good number to me, a dozen years. I don't know if I felt comfortable hanging it up after 11. ... I don't know what this contract will take me to. I don't know if all three years will come into play. But it wasn't a hard choice to figure out that I wanted to keep playing."

Injury report

The Titans, who will be without starting quarterback Jake Locker (dislocated shoulder) on Sunday, saw wideout Kenny Britt (ankle), defensive end Scott Solomon (hamstring) and linebacker Patrick Bailey (hand) all sit out Wednesday practice.

For the Vikings, defensive end Jared Allen (groin), receiver Michael Jenkins (ribs), and safeties Andrew Sendejo and Mistral Raymond (ankles) did not practice. Henderson, guard Charlie Johnson (back), quarterback Christian Ponder (knee), punt returner Marcus Sherels (quadriceps) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee) were limited.

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