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Coaches now deciding whether to IR Brinkley

Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, Leslie Frazier, Vikings defense, Leslie Frazier Updated: August 30, 2011 - 10:53 PM

A source has confirmed the Vikings' coaches are deciding right now whether to place backup middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley on season-ending injured reserve. It appears that's the way the team is leaning and an announcement is expected as early as Wednesday morning.

Brinkley went to see a hip specialist on Monday for an injury that coach Leslie Frazier said dates to the end of last season. Brinkley was supposed to challenge Erin Henderson for the starting weak-side linebacker position, but struggled before being sidelined for last week's third preseason game. 
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