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Where does Farwell fit in?

With the season-ending injury to E.J. Henderson, the Vikings' linebacker corps is shuffling the deck. Jasper Brinkley will be the base starter at middle linebacker, but Heath Farwell might see occasional defensive duty. The veteran special-teams ace explained the team's confidence in Brinkley and his own role.

For most of his rookie season, there hasn't been much attention paid by fans or the media to linebacker Jasper Brinkley. He's been a solid special teams contributor, but his role with the Vikings defense has been minimal. Playing behind E.J. Henderson has been similar to playing quarterback behind Brett Favre – about the only time you see action during the regular season is at "garbage time...

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