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Ex-Vikings Linebacker Catches HUUUGE Break After 2nd DUI in 2 Months

5/6/2014 10:54 AM PDT

Ex-Vikings Linebacker, Erin Henderson, Catches HUGE Break ... After 2nd DUI

He faced up to a year in jail, but former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson won't spend another day behind bars -- after cutting a deal with prosecutors for his second DWI arrest in 2 months. 

Henderson was cut by the Vikings after he was arrested on New Year's Day -- 6 weeks after he was busted for allegedly driving around Minnesota while hammered. 

Because it's his 2nd DWI arrest, there was a real chance Henderson could have faced the maximum punishment -- 1 year in the slammer. 

But TMZ Sports has learned .. the 27-year-old struck a plea deal in which he agreed to plead guilty to 1 count of DWI and in exchange he was sentenced to 2 years probation and time already served in jail (2 days). 

He was also fined $1,120. 

Henderson has expressed remorse over the arrests -- and says the time he spent in his cell immediately following the bust made him realize he needed help ... claiming his "using was out of control." Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!


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