Minnesota Vikings fans should know better than to utter the words, "Well, at least it can't get any worse."
Because it can. . .and it invariably does.
In the wake of the Vikings' 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football, Vikings' head coach Leslie Frazier announced that cornerback Antoine Winfield, who had just come back from a neck injury that had cost him four games, had suffered a broken collarbone during the game and would likely be done for the rest of the 2011 NFL season.
Winfield, the Vikings' best defensive back by a long, long shot, is in his eighth season with the team, having signed as a free agent prior to the 2004 season. Best known for his ability against the run, he had developed into one of the better all-around cornerback in the National Football League during his time in Minnesota.
It's entirely possible that Winfield has played his last game for the Vikings. He is signed through the 2013 season, but is scheduled to make at least $7 million in each of the next two seasons. For a guy that will turn 35 years old just prior to Training Camp next season, that might be a little to rich for a team like Minnesota that figures to be in full-blown rebuilding mode.