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Updated: December 24th, 2012 12:41pm
Antoine Winfield fractures hand, but should play with wrap this week

Antoine Winfield fractures hand, but should play with wrap this week

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Antoine Winfield suffered a fracture in one of his hands in Sunday's win over Houston but is expected to play in the Minnesota Vikings' critical finale against Green Bay.

The cornerback underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed the fracture, coach Leslie Frazier said. He finished Sunday's game and should play against the Packers with the hand in a soft cast, Frazier said.

"We don't expect it to be a problem in this ball game," Frazier said. "He'll have it wrapped up, but he will be able to play, just like he finished the game (Sunday)."

If Winfield misses practice time this week that certainly won't be a big deal. The 14-year-veteran has been very limited in practice in recent weeks and is listed with a knee issue on the injury report. However, Winfield has admitted that he is also being held back to keep him fresh.

The plan has paid off.

Winfield, who starts at the left corner but moves inside in nickel situations, had a sack, two tackles for loss and broke up a pass against the Texans.

Halfback Adrian Peterson continues to deal with abdominal soreness and likely will be limited in practice this week, Frazier said.

The Vikings remain optimistic left end Brian Robison, who sat out Sunday's game because of a sprained right shoulder, will be available against the Packers, Frazier said.

Robison went through practice last Friday but had enough pain that the decision was made to hold him back.

"We weren't sure if he would be able to go out there and really protect himself," Frazier said. "He had some soreness. So we'll see how he does over these next few days.

"He needs to be able to show that if he's in a position where he has to be able to tackle someone or if someone is pushing up against him he can protect himself. If he can show that, then he'll be ready to go."

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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