Minnesota Vikings CB Antoine Winfield Has Broken Finger; Reason for Concern?

By Andrew Fisher
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY SPORTS

As it has been for the past three weeks, the season is on the line for the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday. But this weekend is a little different as it’s truly win or go home. The Vikings are going to need all hands on deck, especially in the secondary going up against Aaron Rodgers.

One player whose status has been called into question is cornerback Antoine Winfield. In last week’s game, Winfield actually broke the metacarpal bone in his right index finger during the first quarter of play.

Winfield finished the game with no problem, and it wasn’t until Monday that the fracture was even diagnosed via an MRI.

The 14-year veteran is unquestionably the leader of the Vikings’ secondary, and the team can ill afford to not have him out there against the Green Bay Packers. However, fans of the team can breath easy because Winfield will play Sunday. The trainers are planning to use some extra wrap and padding to help reduce the risk of further injury.

Winfield himself is not concerned, but realizes he probably will be in some pain: “My pain level, I’ll tolerate that,” he said. “That won’t be an issue.”

So the situation is not ideal with the team’s most experienced cornerback playing with a broken bone in his hand Sunday, but fans shouldn’t be too worried. Winfield is as tough as they come, and the injury is likely only to affect his ability to squeeze the ball.

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