The Viking train is rolling so fast and hard right now, it seems that nothing can derail it.
Except a major injury to an important player.
So far, the only big injury to a starter has been the one suffered by Antoine Winfield, who hasn’t seen any action since the first half of the Baltimore game. Winfield said he was close to playing against the Seahawks, but the decision was made to sit him one more week – which ended up not hurting the Vikings.
Now, Winfield’s foot is healed enough for him to be back in the swing of things at practice, and he says he will go this weekend against the Bears. Nevertheless, Winfield is listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.
And “questionable” is also the status stamped beside Adrian Peterson‘s name.
The All-World running back hurt his ankle against the Seahawks and has been nursing it all week. On Friday, Peterson missed practice altogether, but it wasn’t because of the ankle. Instead, says Brad Childress, it was an illness that forced AD to sit.
Both Winfield and Peterson will most likely be on the field against Chicago.
The same can’t be said for Anthony Herrera, who suffered a concussion against Seattle and hasn’t practiced all week. Herrera is listed as doubtful on the report and will almost surely be replaced in the line-up by Artis Hicks, who saw action earlier this year at tackle when Phil Loadholt went down.
So, when the Vikings take the field against the Bears, they will have one starter back in, and one starter going out. But they will still, overall, be exceptionally healthy, most notably at the quarterback position. Which is bad news for the fading Bears.