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The Vikings coaching staff is confident that Winfield will be good to go on Saturday vs. the Packers, despite Winfield leaving last Sunday's game with pain in his broken hand.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield has not participated in practice this week, but could be able to play in the Wild Card game on Saturday against the Green Bay Packers. Winfield wasn't able to finish the Vikings' win over the Packers last week due to pain and swelling in his broken hand, but the veteran corner is testing out a new soft cast that may help him stay on the field.
Winfield has accumulated 100 tackles and three interceptions for the Vikings this year, and is key to their secondary staying with the potent Green Bay passing attack. The team does not have to officially assess Winfield's availability until Friday, but head coach Leslie Frazier seemed confident that Winfield would be able to play:
"We didn't have him do anything other than some things on the side," coach Leslie Frazier said. "But we wanted him to get a good comfort level with that cast on and he does have a good comfort level. So, we feel better about him."
The Vikings and Packers will play for the second week in a row this Saturday, Jan. 5, at Lambeau Field. The game is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. ET, and can be seen nationally on NBC.