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Well, to the surprise of very few folks, this week's Sprint Game Ball of the Week is being awarded to linebacker E.J. Henderson. Henderson's two interceptions of Tony Romo in Sunday's 24-21 defeat of the Cowboys paved the way for 10 Vikings points. . .their first touchdown of the game to pull themselves even at 7-7, and the game-winning Ryan Longwell field goal late in the fourth quarter. He also racked up four solo tackles and five assists in the game. It's pretty safe to say that the comeback for E.J. is complete. . .he's gone from a guy that suffered what some thought was going to be a career-ending injury 10 months ago in Arizona to being one of the best middle linebackers in the NFL again. I know we've said it a lot of times on this site, but it really can't be overstated. . .E.J. Henderson's comeback is nothing short of miraculous, and we should be proud to have a warrior line Number 56 on our side.
Kevin Seifert over at ESPN.com's NFC North blog is actually debating over who has had the more significant comeback this season. . .Henderson or Bears' middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. Urlacher, you may recall, dislocated his wrist in the 2009 season opener and missed the entire season. I know I'm incredibly biased here, but come on. . .E.J. Henderson is playing with a freaking titanium rod in his leg and was projected to need at least a year to rehab and come back. Compared to that, quite frankly, a dislocated wrist looks like a damn paper cut.
Percy Harvin finished second in the Game Ball voting. As a consolation prize, he's been rewarded with the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week award for Week 6. It's nothing compared to the Daily Norseman Game Ball or anything, but hey. . .we only give out one every week. Percy is now the only return specialist in Minnesota Vikings history to be named Special Teams Player of the Week twice, as he also won the award back in Week 3 of 2009 for his performance against San Francisco.