Antoine Winfield said he made significant progress in practice this week, but the Vikings’ cornerback was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Seattle because of a right foot injury.
Winfield said his foot felt good after Friday’s workout. In particular, Winfield said he experienced no pain when planting and making a cut, something that gave him problems last week.
Winfield has missed three-plus games after injuring his foot Oct. 18 against Baltimore.
“I’ll get out there and do some work Sunday morning and see how it feels (before the game),” Winfield said. “If it’s good, I’ll be out there. Game-time decision.”
The Vikings might be thin at cornerback. Karl Paymah (ankle) is questionable. Benny Sapp left last week’s game because of a groin injury, but he is listed as probable.
Receiver Bernard Berrian (hamstring) also is questionable. Backup defensive end Jayme Mitchell missed Friday’s practice because of illness.
LIFE GOES ON FOR RICH COACH
Perhaps if Brad Childress had received a new contract during the offseason he would have found time to celebrate. But when the Vikings’ coach arrived home Thursday night after signing an extension through the 2013 season he took little time to reflect on what had just happened.
“I talked to my wife for a couple of minutes, didn’t even turn on the TV, got into bed, turned on Letterman and the next thing I knew, I was finished,” Childress said.
On Thursday, Childress got a deal that will pay him a reported $4 million to $5 million per season.
GIANTS LB PIERCE OUT INDEFINITELY
New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce is out indefinitely after an MRI exam surprisingly revealed a bulging disk in his neck.
The Giants said their defensive captain underwent the test Friday in New York and was examined by team physician Dr. Russell Warren and Dr. Frank Camissa, chief of the spinal surgical services at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
The 31-year-old Pierce originally sustained a burner when the Giants played Arizona on Oct. 25. He had very little discomfort until practice this week, when the club’s medical staff scheduled the MRI.
The Giants (5-4) host the Atlanta Flacons on Sunday. New York, coming off its bye week, has lost four straight games.
Falcons running back Jerious Norwood practiced Friday for the second straight day after missing Atlanta’s last four games with a hip flexor. ... The death of the mother of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been ruled a suicide. Mina Brees, an attorney from Austin, Texas, died Aug. 7 while visiting Colorado. Grand County coroner Brenda Bock concluded this week that the 59-year-old Brees died of a prescription drug overdose and ruled the death a suicide. ...
Baltimore Ravens defensive end Dwan Edwards plans to appeal the $5,000 fine he received for a hit delivered to Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs on Monday night. Edwards said Friday he will appeal in an effort “to get some of it back.” He said the fine was levied because the hit came at a time when Cribbs “supposedly shouldn’t have reasonably expected it.” ... Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $5,000 for unnecessary roughness when he struck Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth late. ... Jaguars defensive back Reggie Nelson was fined $7,500 for roughing Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez with a hit to the head area. ... Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan was fined $10,000 for trying to tackle an opponent by grabbing the facemask and unnecessary roughness for hitting an opponent late.