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Friday, December 07, 2007

James going on IR

Erasmus James' comeback from 2006 knee surgery came to an abrupt end today when coach Brad Childress announced that the Vikings would be placing their third-year defensive end on season-ending injured reserve.

Childress said James reinjured the same anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on the third or fourth play of Sunday's 42-10 win over Detroit and is currently "weighing his options."

Asked what those options are, Childress said: "Surgery. Not being a doctor, I'm not going to get into all of the other things. I just know that's going to have to be fixed."

James tore his left ACL and sprained his medial collateral ligament in the second game of last season and missed the final 14 games.

He sat out six of the first seven games this season and had just worked his way back into the starting lineup when he suffered Sunday's injury.

"It just tells you how fragile those things are," Childress said. "I think the only silver lining on this, if there is one, is the fact that I'm told it is only the ACL. Before he had an MCL involved and some other things, some other components that required a bunch of rehab. So I would think he’ll be able to deal with this and deal with it pretty quickly."

With defensive end Ray Edwards serving a four-game NFL suspension for violating the league's policy on anabolic steroids and performance-related drugs, rookie Brian Robison will start at right end Sunday.

To fill James' spot on the active roster, the Vikings will elevate linebacker David Herron from the practice squad.

Injury report: Safeties Mike Doss (hamstring) and Tank Williams (knee) will be listed as doubtful and aren't expected to play.

Linebacker E.J. Henderson (flu) is questionable but expected to start.

Wide receiver Troy Williamson (concussion) and guard Artis Hicks (back) also are questionable.


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