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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Linebacker Erin Henderson was back atthe Minnesota Vikings' facilities on Monday after missing Sunday's game becauseof a personal matter and coach Leslie Frazier expects Henderson to be back atpractice on Wednesday.Safety Harrison Smith, on injured reserve with thedesignation to return because of a toe injury, is expected to return topractice on Wednesday as well and is two weeks away from being eligible toreturn to game action.Meanwhile, rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes and receiver JoeWebb suffered concussions in Sunday's 26-26 tie at Green Bay."The only guys that will be questionable will be Joe Webband Xavier Rhodes," Frazier said Monday. "Both suffered a concussion, so we'llfind out as the week goes on what will happen with them. Other than that, wecame out fairly well for the most part. Tough when you're dealing withinjuries, but that's where we are."Henderson has been away from the team since last week withan undisclosed personal matter. In his place, Audie Cole started on Sunday andled Minnesota with 13 tackles. Frazier wasn't sure if Henderson would need tomiss more time later because of the matter."I haven't had a chance to speak to him, but everything I'veheard has been positive," Frazier said."So I'll sit down and talk with himthis afternoon."Smith has been out since Week 6 with a toe injury originallydescribed as turf toe. But Smith said the injury was more severe than turf toe.Speaking last week, Smith said he expected to be back at practice this week andwas still shooting to play when he's first eligible on Dec. 15, a home gameagainst Philadelphia with three weeks left in the season."I mean, everything's looking up," Smith said last week. "Iget a (magnetic resonance imaging test) sometime soon, so that will kind of belike confirmation. But from a feeling standpoint it feels pretty good."Smith's return would be a big boost to a Vikings' secondarythat has lacked turnovers in his absence. Smith is tied for the team lead withtwo interceptions despite missing the past six games."That will be good news if he's able to get through thatpractice," Frazier said of Smith returning on Wednesday. "We're two weeks awaybefore he's eligible to get on the field, two games away. But the fact that he'llbe able to practice on Wednesday is a good sign for us and we're lookingforward to having him back."Smith is the only defensive back on the roster with aninterception after Minnesota released cornerback A.J. Jefferson on Mondayfollowing an arrest for probable-cause domestic assault.Cornerback Josh Robinson is still out with a fracturedsternum suffered in Week 11, leaving the Vikings shorthanded in the secondarywith Rhodes' status unknown because of the concussion and Jefferson's release.Frazier said Monday the team won't put Robinson on injuredreserve. He was originally given a four- to six-week timeframe for recovery."We think he'll be back in a couple of weeks," Frazier said."He's making good progress; (I) had a good report about he and Kyle Rudolphtoday, so they're both making progress. The IR conversation is kind of on theback-burner."Rudolph is out with a broken foot, but is expected back thisseason.Rhodes suffered a concussion late in Sunday's game at GreenBay and was coming off perhaps his best performance of the year with fourtackles and four pass deflections."I think it was," Frazier said when asked if Sunday wasRhodes' best game of the season. "He got his hands on a number of balls, reallycompeted well. We put him in a lot of man coverage. We felt like that was thebest approach against their offense, and he stood up. For our defense to -- Ithink we held them to 19 percent on third down -- he had a lot to do with that.We put him in man. They tried to attack him, with him being a rookie, whichother people do, as well. But he played with a lot of confidence and playedwell."Frazier said the team possibly could look into signinganother defensive back with the injury situation and release of Jefferson."Were going to have to consider it with Josh being down andour situation back there," Frazier said. "We'll definitely have to consider it.Even for practice purposes, you get thin enough where you cant really line upand have the kind of practices that you want to have."Minnesota filled Jefferson's roster spot later Monday byclaiming offensive tackle Mike Remmers off waivers from the San Diego Chargers.Remmers, 24, is 6-foot-5 and 303 pounds. He was waived by San Diego on Sunday.Remmers made his NFL debut earlier this season with the Chargers. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter
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