Secondary Takes a Beating

The Vikings face a tough road game vs. the Falcons Sunday and will apparently have to do it without two if not three of their top players in the secondary.

The Vikings have their first win under their belts but are going to head to Atlanta with a lot of holes in the secondary.

The team learned Monday that the injury they feared with Willie Offord's left knee was as bad as they feared. Offord, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Sunday, is scheduled for surgery this week and will likely be replaced by practice squad player Will Hunter.

To make matters worse, Brian Williams sustained a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and, at a minimum, is out for Sunday's game.

There is also a chance that Darren Sharper, who sat out last week's game with a knee injury, will be sat down vs. the Falcons as a precaution -- giving him extra healing time heading into the team's bye week.

While the Falcons don't have the game's best passing attack, missing three key players in the secondary could be a recipe for trouble, but especially in the case of Sharper, the team might err on the side of caution and hope to get through the game without further injury in hopes of bigger and better things to come after the bye.

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