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Monday, October 19, 2009
A sprain for Minnesota's Winfield


Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

Here’s the final ruling on Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield: sprained right foot.
 Winfield


That was the word Monday from Vikings coach Brad Childress, who told local reporters that it’s unclear whether the injury will force him to miss any time.

“People heal so differently it’s hard to know,” Childress said. “... Guys have different recuperative skills and I’m not going to rule him in or out at this point.”

Childress wouldn’t say if the Vikings would use Karl Paymah or another player in place of Winfield if he can’t play Sunday at Pittsburgh. Baltimore targeted Paymah on a number of throws Sunday at the Metrodome, and Childress went out of his way to note that second-year player Husain Abdullah played well Sunday in spot duty.

You wonder if the nature of the Vikings’ upcoming schedule would impact Winfield’s timetable. They play the Steelers on Sunday, followed by an NFC North matchup Nov. 1 at Green Bay. If I had to choose, I’d rather have Winfield on two weeks rest against the Packers than risk him at less than 100 percent against an AFC foe this week.