Vikings Won't Face Felony Charges

Three Vikings involved in a late-night brawl were cleared of felony charges Thursday, but still face potential misdemeanor charges stemming from a June bar fight.

Many of those around Winter Park breathed a sigh of relief Thursday when linebackers E.J. Henderson and Mike Nattiel, as well as former Viking Steve Farmer, were informed that the Hennepin County attorney's office will not seek felony charges for their roles in a bar fight outside the Tabu nightclub in Minneapolis last month.

While County Attorney Amy Klobuchar called the action horrible, it simply didn't meet the standard of injury to be viewed as a felony. Among those requirements are broken or fractured bones. The victim in the case had quite a bit of bruising, but no broken bones.

The matter has been turned over to the Minneapolis city attorney's office, where misdemeanor charges are likely to be filed, but, as far as charges that could likely get any or all of the players in jail for some time has passed.

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