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Updated: November 14th, 2011 11:04pm
Antoine Winfield fractures clavicle; Christian Ponder has hand X-rayed

Antoine Winfield fractures clavicle; Christian Ponder has hand X-rayed

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield returned Monday night after missing four games because of a neck strain. But his presence on the field didn't last long.

Winfield suffered a fractured clavicle in the second half of the Vikings' 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field and is likely out for the remainder of the season, according to coach Leslie Frazier.

"I don't think we'll get him back," Frazier said. "I'll learn more, but I don't see him being able to come back from that."

The injury happened in the fourth quarter and Winfield was taken to the locker room.

Now the Vikings are thinner than ever at cornerback, where Winfield had missed the previous four games with a neck strain and Chris Cook remains on paid leave as he awaits trial on a felony domestic assault charge.

"Very thin, so we'll have to look at some options there," Frazier said.

Asher Allen and Cedric Griffin likely will be the starters with Winfield out, with Marcus Sherels playing in nickel situations.

Meanwhile, quarterback Christian Ponder underwent X-rays on his left (non-throwing) hand after it got stepped on during the game. Those came back negative.

"I got my hand stepped on," Ponder said. "It's a little swollen, but X-rays looked fine."

Safety Husain Abdullah left the game after suffering another concussion. He also suffered one Oct. 23 against the Packers at the Metrodome but did not miss any games.

Abdullah was replaced by Tyrell Johnson in the second half, and rookie Mistral Raymond also rotated in before leaving the game with cramps.

Left tackle Charlie Johnson went to the sideline briefly and trainers appeared to be adjusting a finger on his right hand. Patrick Brown came onto the field instead, but the Vikings ended up calling timeout and Johnson came in before the next play.

Judd Zulgad contributed.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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