But that doesn’t mean he’ll be effective.
Winfield entered the weekend with the ol’ questionable tag after trying and failing to play through a hand injury in Week 17, and appearing only briefly. That label brought with it the usual concern, since technically it implies a 50-50 chance that the player in question will be on the field.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported earlier this morning that Winfield will indeed play, meaning a crucial piece of the Vikings’ secondary will be available to defend against the Aaron Rodgers aerial circus. You know, the one that led to 365 passing yards at a pace of 9.1 yards per attempt a week ago during Minnesota’s playoff-clinching win over Green Bay, with nearly all of that yardage coming as Winfield watched and Marcus Sherels was torn apart. It was a season high in yardage for Rodgers, and he also finished with four touchdown passes.
Winfield has presumably healed somewhat since then, because that’s what the human body does. But a guy who has the primary duty of shutting down Randall Cobb will still be playing with a soft cast on. That might not end well.