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Training camp Day 6 quick hits: Erin Henderson sits for brief period

Notes and observations from Day 6 of Vikings training camp

• Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson briefly sat out during Thursday’s practice because of a sore groin, according to coach Leslie Frazier. “We’ll go back and take a look,” Frazier said. “We don’t want him to aggravate it depending on how sore it was, but he finished practice.”

Second-year linebacker Audie Cole stepped in for Henderson and Frazier said coaches will look at the tape and see how he did at middle linebacker.

Henderson gave running back Toby Gerhart a tough day, blasting through the line and planting Gerhart on his back on consecutive plays in team drills. Earlier, Henderson was beaten on a seam route from quarterback Christian Ponder to tight end John Carlson.

• During another intense day of team drills, veteran guard Seth Olson threw a forearm shiver to rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes after he intercepted a Matt Cassel pass. Rhodes was hit while jogging back to the huddle after getting the pick. Olson’s move caused a little bit of a dust up as practice officials told each other to stay out of it.

“That’s going to happen sometimes in camp,” Frazier said. “When we do a live drill, it’s live, things can happen.”

• Rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd stuffed running back Jerodis Williams at the line of scrimmage, later doing the same to running back Bradley Randle.

“I like [Floyd’s] passion,” Frazier said. “For a young guy to love the game as much as he does and to have his athletic ability and how hard he works, he’s one of the hardest working rookies you’ll see. To have the talent combined with that work ethic, he’s got a chance to be a pretty good player in this league.”

• Third-string quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to receiver Chris Summers in passing drills, beating reserve safety Darius Eubanks on the play.

• Cornerback Josh Robinson had a solid outing, grabbing an interception off Ponder in 7-on-7 and also prying the ball out of receiver Jerome Simpson’s hands as he caught a pass from Cassel 30 yards downfield in one-on-one drills.

• Rookie linebacker Michael Mauti got cheers from his teammates as he and defensive end Marquis Jackson stopped Williams shy of the goal line in short-yardage team drills.
by Andrew Krammer

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