We previously noted that Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield could miss a month with a foot injury.
Now Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press offers a more specific report on the nature of Winfield’s injury. Per Jensen, Winfield has a fractured right foot. Vikings coach Brad Childress has said Winfield sprained his foot in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, but apparently Winfield actually broke a bone.
Either way, it’s a significant loss for the Vikings. Cornerback Karl Paymah filled in for Winfield for the game against the Ravens, and he struggled as the Ravens came back and got into range for what could have been a game-winning field goal.
Benny Sapp is slated to start at cornerback in the base defense today against the Steelers and to move into the slot when the Vikings play the nickel package against the Steelers’ three-receiver formations. Paymah will play Winfield’s customary left corner in the nickel package.
Jensen reports that the Vikings hope Winfield can return for the Nov. 22 game against the Seattle Seahawks.