MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield left Monday night's game against Chicago at halftime with a shoulder injury.
It was not immediately clear on what play Winfield was injured in the second quarter, but the loss took away one of the game's best tackling cornerbacks from the Minnesota secondary.
Winfield was stellar in the first half, especially on a play early in the first quarter against Devin Hester.
On third down, the super-quick Hester took a reverse and looked to have plenty of wide open space in front of him as he turned the corner. However, Winfield sprinted from across the formation, knifed through a hole at the line of scrimmage, and made an ankle tackle on Hester to force a punt.
As valuable as Winfield is to Minnesota's secondary, the Vikings are used to playing without him this season.
He missed four out of five games earlier in the year with a hamstring injury before returning against San Francisco last week, and the Vikings (7-6) entered the game having won four in a row thanks in part to improved play form cornerbacks Cedric Griffin, Marcus McCauley and Charles Gordon in Winfield's stead.
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