When Minnesota Vikings linebacker EJ Henderson was lost for the season due to injury in 2008, the Vikings re-acquired Napoleon Harris, who was sent to the Vikings by the Oakland Raiders with a first-round pick for WR Randy Moss in 2005. This season, after Henderson suffered a season-ending injury in the Sunday Night game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Vikings have named rookie Jasper Brinkley the starting middle linebacker. Brinkley, a fifth round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, played his college ball along with his twin brother, Casper, at theáUniversity of South Carolina. Casper now plays for the Carolina Panthers, who the Vikings play on Dec. 20. He started 29 of his 30 games as a Gamecock, racking up 193 tackles (20 for lost yardage), 7.5 sacks, and three interceptions. As a senior, ...
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