A day after they gained a half-game on both the Bears and Packers, the good news just keeps on coming for the Vikings. This afternoon, it was reported that Antoine Winfield got on the practice field to test his injured foot, in hopes he will be able to start at cornerback this Sunday against the Lions.
This is not only good news for the Vikings defense, it is great news. The secondary has been shaky at best without Winfield, who is both the team’s best cover corner and its best run support guy among the DBs. Winfield’s healthy return would buttress a unit that has been a source of great concern for Vikings coaches and fans the last few weeks.
I’m sure Antoine himself is champing at the bit to get back out…especially knowing that, if he makes it back for this weekend, he will be facing Matthew Stafford, who threw five picks in yesterday’s loss to the lowly Seahawks.
Then again, considering what a dogcrap team the Lions are, maybe the Vikes would be better off letting Antoine rest for one more week. We can endure one more week of Karl Paymah and Asher Allen, if it means Antoine comes back even stronger.