Just prior to Sunday’s Vikings-Steelers game, a report surfaced that Vikings CB Antoine Winfield may be out for up to 4-6 weeks because of the foot injury he suffered against Baltimore in Week 6. But Winfield, appearing in his weekly radio spot on radio voice of the Vikings and KFAN host Paul Allen’s show, sounded much more optimistic about his chances for a quicker recovery.
“A month? No, no,” Winfield said on KFAN, per the Star Tribune. “That’s too long. I’m day-to-day. If there’s a chance for me to get out there Sunday, I will be out there.”
As the Star Tribune pointed out, Winfield was at Winter Park early this morning continuing to treat his foot.
“I’m working as hard as I can [and doing] whatever I have to do to get back on the field,” Winfield said.
Winfield also said that they would be smart about him making a return, noting that he wanted to “be right” and not do anything that would jeopardize his status for future games this season.
Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress was asked about Winfield during his normal day-after-the-game press conference on Monday and he said the decision on Winfield’s return was a collaborative effort.
“It’s kind of a collaborate deal,” Childress said. “It’s the player, it’s the doctors, it’s the training staff. And then can you do the things that are specific to your position. Then you put all those things together. I don’t have x-ray vision and I’m not a trainer. But I do know what I see when somebody moves around out here [in practice].”
Childress has said on a couple of occasions that he’ll never rule Winfield completely out because he’s seen the CB make it to Sunday and play in spite of injuries that would’ve kept other players out.
Winfield’s status for Sunday’s game will remain in question for the week leading up to Sunday’s game against the Packers. For obvious competitive reasons, the Vikings and Winfield will be pretty mum on his progress. If Winfield is unable to play on Sunday against Green Bay, he’ll get another week of recovery time next week because the Vikings have a bye. If that scenario unfolds, it’ll be just short of a month between the time Winfield injured his foot and the Vikings Week 10 game against the Lions at Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome.
Tags: Antoine Winfield
Posted in All, Mike Wobschall | 8 Comments »