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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Winfield gets his wish, sort of

Cornerback Antoine Winfield figures to be matched against Packers wide receiver Donald Driver a lot Sunday, but that won't be his only assignment.

"It's really kind of more in-depth than that," coach Brad Childress said. "He's going to certainly see Donald Driver by virtue of the fact that he plays his corner position and he also plays in the nickel. But if we do that, then than means he's got to follow him off the field when Driver comes off the field and I don't necessarily want that to happen."

That last part was a joke, but Winfield wasn't kidding Monday when he said he would ask the coaches to let him shadow Driver for the entire game.

Winfield wasn't in the locker room during the open media period.

In other news, Childress said he is taking a wait-and-see approach with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (strained groin) and running back Chester Taylor (bruised oblique).

Childress said the fact that the Vikings have a bye next week won't influence any decisions on a player's availability for Sunday and that Taylor will return as the starter once he's healthy ahead of rookie Adrian Peterson.

"Just like we started at the beginning of the year," Childress said. "Chester's the starter and he'll come back and start. Just like you saw Adrian get in, it's not going to be any different than I had originally intended, but you know the best-laid plans sometimes go awry."


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