The Vikings on Tuesday placed Antoine Winfield on IR, ending his season. Winfield suffered a broken clavicle during Monday night’s blow out loss to the Packers and is scheduled to have surgery. Winfield had missed several games with a neck strain before returning last night, but lasted only a couple of quarters before seeing his comeback come to a premature end.
The question now becomes, what do the Vikings do about their disintegrating secondary? It isn’t just the loss of Winfield, it’s also the situation with Cedric Griffin who was badly abused Monday night by Jordy Nelson and the Packers, and at this point is probably not a viable starting corner. Asher Allen, Marcus Sherels and Brandon Burton are the only other available corners right now with Chris Cook staying away from the team while he deals with his legal issues. It’s possible the Vikings will have to bite the bullet on Cook and restore him to active duty in light of their severe problems.
And it’s not just cornerback that’s a problem – safety is also an issue what with Husain Abdullah suffering his second concussion on the year, Tyrell Johnson and Jamarca Sanford both looking terrible and Mistral Raymond being a rookie with very limited experience. The good news is, at least we don’t have to play the Packers again.