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Teammates encouraged by Brinkley's instincts

Jasper Brinkley (Scott Boehm/Getty)

Rookie Jasper Brinkley is expected to get an opportunity to show his skills on defense as the replacement for E.J. Henderson. Having a fifth-round rookie at middle linebacker might be considered a risky proposition, but teammates and coaches expressed confidence in his instincts.

Long-term, the Vikings might have designs on finding a replacement middle linebacker with more experience than rookie Jasper Brinkley, who has three tackles to his name this season – all coming in late-game action when the outcomes had already been decided. But players and head coach Brad Childress are expressing confidence in Brinkley's ability to take over for E.J. Henderson, who suffered an...

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