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Brinkley Undergoes Hip Surgery

Posted Aug 31, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings will be without backup linebacker Jasper Brinkley for a while.

Head coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Wednesday that Brinkley had surgery on his hip on Tuesday. Brinkley has been bothered by the injury for much of training camp and hasn't been at full speed.

Reached by phone Wednesday, Brinkley declined to comment.

The Vikings have two standouts at linebacker, Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson, and an emerging starter in Henderson's younger brother, Erin. But their depth has taken a hit this month, with Brinkley, Heath Farwell, Kenny Onatolu and Ross Homan all getting hurt.

The Vikings signed David Herron last week and also have undrafted rookie Larry Dean in reserve at that position.

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