For the last couple days we’ve been worrying about Antoine Winfield. The cornerback has missed practice all week with what is being described as a muscle strain in his neck and on Wednesday there was a report saying he’d been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Now the reports are a little less dire: Winfield still may not play Sunday but the Vikings say they’re monitoring the situation and there’s still a chance he could get out there. If Winfield can’t go it will be Chris Cook and Cedric Griffin in the base defense and Asher Allen as the nickelback.
Losing Winfield would be a significant blow to a Vikings defense that has struggled mightily at times in pass defense. This crew was absolutely torched in the second half two weeks ago against Detroit, then followed that up by making a previously inept Chiefs offense look positively competent. This week they will face Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald. After the games Calvin Johnson and Dwayne Bowe put up against the Vikes, Fitzgerald must be licking his chops.