Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
PITTSBURGH -- Two important pregame nuggets from Heinz Field: Winfield
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield will not only miss Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh, as expected, but up to six weeks with an injury that seems more serious than the sprain the Vikings have described it as. Mortensen reported Winfield does not have a Lis franc injury, which would have cost him the season, but it nevertheless sidelines the team’s best defensive back during a stretch that will include a Nov. 1 game at Green Bay and possibly a Nov. 29 game against Chicago. Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press describes the injury as a fracture. We’ll have a lot more on Winfield’s injury later Sunday and throughout the week, but suffice it to say the Vikings are a less fearsome defense without him.
ESPN’s Rachel Nichols reported that Vikings coach Brad Childress dressed like female flight attendant during the team’s trip to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Included in the get-up were high heels, lipstick, a wig and blue nylons. I imagine the stunt loosened up the team a bit.