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Antoine Winfield’s broken hand forces him out

Antoine Winfield, Kevin Williams, Aaron Rodgers AP

The Vikings’ halftime lead has already shrunk and they may be without one of their key defensive players for the rest of the day.

Cornerback Antoine Winfield is in a baseball cap on the sideline with the Vikings defense on the field to open the third and his return is being called questionable. Winfield was trying to play through a broken bone in his hand this week, but his hand is now unwrapped as he stands and watches his teammates try to stop the Packers.

It didn’t go all that well on the first drive of the third quarter. Aaron Rodgers hit big passes to James Jones and Greg Jennings to move the Packers down the field and then hit a wide open Jennings for a touchdown to cut the Minnesota lead to 20-17 a little more than three minutes into the second half.

The Vikings were going to need more points whether or not Winfield got hurt. The need’s just bigger now that there’s a chance their best cornerback won’t be returning to a game the Vikings can’t afford to lose.

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6 Responses to “Antoine Winfield’s broken hand forces him out”
  1. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 30, 2012 6:17 PM

    Twice now the Vikings have had third and four and twice they took Peterson out of the game. Vikings don’t deserve to go to the playoffs if they take their best player out of the game when they need him. Horrible. Horrible. Coaching. No wonder Harvin doesn’t want to play here.

  2. randallflagg52 says: Dec 30, 2012 6:22 PM

    taintedsaints2009 says:
    Dec 30, 2012 6:17 PM
    Twice now the Vikings have had third and four and twice they took Peterson out of the game. Vikings don’t deserve to go to the playoffs if they take their best player out of the game when they need him. Horrible. Horrible. Coaching. No wonder Harvin doesn’t want to play here.

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    Peterson isn’t the greatest 3rd down back. He isn’t very effective of a blocker or a receiver.

  3. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Dec 30, 2012 6:26 PM

    This is why the Steelers didn’t draft him.

  4. hurrayforyogapants says: Dec 30, 2012 6:29 PM

    Crap, it’s over, focus on getting AD the record,

  5. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:57 PM

    Congrats vikes. You just earned a trip to get slaughtered in Green Bay.

    And petersons their best player. You give it to him on third and 4. Therefore, you don’t have to depend on him pass blocking.

  6. pappavike says: Dec 30, 2012 8:49 PM

    I hope Winfield is quick healer! And to those who think that talking Petterson out on third downs is dumb? He needs a break too!! That and he is much better on 1st,& 2nd downs!!

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