EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota linebacker Chad Greenway was looking a bit thinner after the Vikings' 20-19 victory Sunday over the New York Giants, and it wasn't an optical illusion. Greenway played the entire game -- totaling seven tackles and a half-sack -- after losing eight pounds during a week-long battle with the flu last week.
Greenway never appeared on the injury report and did not miss any practice time. But he confirmed the illness Monday and said he was just beginning to feel better eight days after the illness set in.
"I had it all week and pretty much through the game [Sunday]," Greenway said. "It was brutal. It stuck in there all week and I couldn't shake it."
Greenway was the first, and probably the hardest hit, of a group of Vikings players who fell ill last week. Cornerback Cedric Griffin was sent home last Friday to recover, but he also started and played the entire game.
Greenway finished the season with a team-leading 149 tackles and ranked third with six sacks. For his sake, he better return to midseason form in a hurry. In the Vikings' defensive scheme, Greenway figures to have primary responsibility for covering Philadelphia running back Brian Westbrook in Sunday's wild card playoff game at the Metrodome.