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Antoine Winfield Injury: Cornerback Likely Done For Season With Broken Collarbone

Minnesota Vikings fans should know better than to utter the words, "Well, at least it can't get any worse."

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Because it can. . .and it invariably does.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.