MINNEAPOLIS -- In a bit of a surprise, Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield was deactivated Sunday afternoon and won’t play against Chicago.
Winfield practiced all week and was expected to return after missing four games with a foot sprain. But it will now be at least another week until he gets back on the field. Benny Sapp will start in his place. Meanwhile, the Vikings’ right guard will be Artis Hicks after starter Anthony Herrera (concussion) was deactivated.
For the Bears, the biggest pregame news is that Frank Omiyale has been re-inserted as the Bears’ starting left guard. He’ll replace Josh Beekman. Not sure what the Bears are trying to accomplish there. I think most of us can agree that Omiyale has been a bust as a guard. As expected, tight end Desmond Clark (neck) won’t play.