Jasper Brinkley LB ARI 7 Months
Cardinals ILB Jasper Brinkley opened up OTAs as a starter next to Karlos Dansby.
Brinkley gets the initial nod over second-rounder Kevin Minter, but that could merely be based on seniority. Before long, we fully expect Minter to win the job and start all four games while Daryl Washington is suspended. Washington worked with the second team Tuesday.
Jasper Brinkley LB ARI 9 Months
Free agent MLB Jasper Brinkley will visit the Giants Wednesday.
The Giants are not expected to bring back lead-footed incumbent Chase Blackburn, leaving a gaping hole in the middle. Brinkley is a two-down thumper that racked up 98 tackles in 16 games for the Vikings last year.
Jasper Brinkley LB ARI Nov 26 '12
Vikings MLB Jasper Brinkley suffered a minor shoulder injury in Sunday's loss.
He's been diagnosed with an AC sprain, which is typically an injury that can be played through. We doubt Brinkley misses Week 13. Brinkley has 70 tackles and a forced fumble through 11 games this season, but has graded out as one of Pro Football Focus' worst inside linebackers.
Jasper Brinkley LB ARI Oct 08 '12
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier indicated Monday that MLB Jasper Brinkley would continue to operate as an every-down player going forward.
Brinkley was supposed to be a two-down thumper, but the Vikings like him in the three-down role with WLB Erin Henderson exiting in the nickel. Brinkley has 15 tackles (8 solo), a pass breakup, and a forced fumble in his last two games.
Jasper Brinkley LB ARI Sep 03 '12
Vikings MLB Jasper Brinkley (groin, hip) is healthy heading into Week 1.
Brinkley missed all of 2011 with a hip injury, and was limited throughout the offseason program. He avoided setbacks in camp, however, and racked up four tackles and two sacks in the third preseason game. The Vikings are hoping Brinkley can anchor their run defense after E.J. Henderson was allowed to walk in free agency. Brinkley is expected to see limited snaps outside the base defense.
Jasper Brinkley LB ARI Jul 14 '12
Vikings MLB Jasper Brinkley (groin, hip) insists that he is back to full health.
"I just had a little strain," he said in a Friday interview. "I'm ready to go." Brinkley missed a large chunk of the team's offseason workouts after a groin strain and hip surgery that cost him the entire 2011 season. Coach Leslie Frazier and GM Rick Spielman are on record as being concerned with Brinkley's durability, but he's still in line to work as the team's starting middle linebacker.
Jasper Brinkley LB ARI Jun 26 '12
The groin injury that kept Vikings MLB Jasper Brinkley out of June minicamp is "minor," according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.
Although GM Rick Spielman conceded that durability is a concern following hip surgery, beat writer Jeremy Fowler reports the team is "still banking on him to play a prominent role." Brinkley was merely dealing with minor soreness in minicamp and should be healthy by August.