Vikings' Antoine Winfield, Bobby Wade and Troy Williamson questionable vs. Chargers Print
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Friday, 02 November 2007 12:34
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 EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -As if things haven't been tough enough for the Minnesota Vikings' secondary this season, they may have to play Sunday against San Diego without their best cornerback.
Antoine Winfield was listed as questionable because of a hamstring injury that first flared up against Philadelphia last week and was tweaked during practice this week. Winfield did not practice on Thursday or Friday, but coach Brad Childress was holding out hope that he will be in the lineup against the Chargers.
``I don't put anything by Antoine because he is the same guy that I didn't think was going to play last year and made it to Sunday,'' Childress said. ``But he is questionable.''
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was listed as probable after missing last week due to a broken right index finger. He likely will be back in the lineup against the Chargers.
Winfield was bothered late in the year by a quad injury last season, but he played through that pain and is considered one of the toughest players on the team.
Winfield said this is the first time in his career that he has had a hamstring injury and that his status would be a ``gametime decision.''
``It's tough dealing with a hamstring injury,'' Winfield said. ``You never know. I'm just going to try to get treatment and see how it goes.''
The Vikings need all the help they can get in the secondary these days. They are dead last in pass defense and face a Chargers offense that has improved in recent weeks, especially since the addition of receiver Chris Chambers.
If Winfield can't go, rookie Marcus McCauley will be back in the mix after being demoted a week ago.
Receivers Bobby Wade and Troy Williamson are also questionable for the game. Wade has a knee injury and Williamson has been out all week following the death of his grandmother.
Wade has been the slot receiver all season long. If he cannot play, rookie Aundrae Allison could get his first work on offense. Sidney Rice and Robert Ferguson may also rotate through that position.
Right tackle Ryan Cook (shoulder), defensive end Erasmus James (shoulder), safety Dwight Smith (hamstring), defensive end Brian Robison (illness) and special teamer Vinny Ciurciu (ankle) all were listed as probable.
 

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