|After a four-game absence, Winfield is again on the shelf with an injury. (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
Before Monday night's matchup with the Packers, Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield had missed four games because of a neck injury. He'll now miss the final seven weeks of the season after breaking his clavicle in the second half of Minnesota's 45-7 loss in Green Bay.
During his brief appearance, Winfield made an impact and showed that, even at 34, he's still one of the league's best tackling cornerbacks. Of course, a roster full of Pro Bowl defensive backs wouldn't slow Aaron Rodgers, who continues to treat real NFL games like Madden, where he's on Superstar mode and everybody else is stuck in easy mode.
According to Football Outsiders, the Vikings defense ranks 21st against the pass through nine weeks. That doesn't look to change anytime soon with Winfield again on the shelf.
PFT.com notes that Winfield, 34, earns a base salary of $6.75 million in 2011. He’s scheduled to make $7 million and $7.25 million, in 2012 and 2013, the last year of his current contract.
We're guessing at some point soon Winfield reworks his deal or the Vikings could choose to cut him altogether. At 2-7, there are too many other needs on the roster to keep a 30-something cornerback who struggles to stay healthy.
Clearly, this is Donovan McNabb's fault. (That's a joke, obviously, but it seems like whenever anything goes wrong, McNabb is somehow responsible.)
Aaron Rodgers threw for four scores against a fierce Vikings pass rush, Randall Cobb returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown and the Packers defense contained Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings in a 45-7 victory on Monday night.
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