Winfield Gone Up To 2-3 Weeks

An MRI done Monday has confirmed what Mike Tice feared -- a high ankle sprain that will sideline Antoine Winfield for Sunday and beyond.

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With as ugly as the cornerback situation got after his injury, finding out Antoine Winfield will be on the bench for at least the next week and more likely two to three wasn't what the Vikings were hoping for.

VU has been told an MRI done Monday confirms at high ankle sprain, which typically takes two to three weeks to heal properly. Mike Tice pointed out that some players have returned after one week with similar injuries, but, when an ankle sprain hits a speed position like CB, it will likely take longer.

With all the injuries the Vikings have sustained this year, this one could be the most important to date -- even more damaging that losing Randy Moss for more than a month.

TUESDAY NOTES
* Terrance Shaw will start in Winfield's place, with Derek Ross given another chance to keep his job. If he fails again Sunday, look for Rhett Nelson to get called up from the practice squad.
* The Vikings announced that Matt Birk was named Vikings Man of the Year for the third straight season.
* Moss didn't have any setbacks with his hamstring injury Sunday but did suffer from tightness in his back -- a byproduct of missing so much conditioning time with shut down with the hammie.
* Look for Chris Hovan to be activated Sunday after two weeks of being de-activated.

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