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Antoine Winfield Played In Vikings Game Days After Brother's Murder

Antoine Winfield recorded four tackles from his cornerback position during Sunday afternoon's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he did so with a heavy heart. The Vikings veteran missed practice earlier in the week after his brother was murdered, but returned in time to help Minnesota to a season-opening overtime win.

Winfield was listed on Thursday's injury report for "non-injury reasons" and, according to Scout (via Daily Norseman), those reasons had to do with the death of his brother.

Last Wednesday, Antoine Winfield's brother was shot in Akron, Ohio, according to two team sources. The only murder in Akron that night was Anthony Travis, 30, who was shot by an unknown person while standing outside a vehicle, according to police reports. He was hit with multiple gunshots and was pronounced dead at 12:29 a.m. Nobody has been arrested and Akron police are investigating the homicide.

Hopefully the murderer is apprehended soon. For now, our condolences go out to the family.

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