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Friday, November 02, 2007

Winfield, Wade questionable

Cornerback Antoine Winfield (hamstring) and wide receiver Bobby Wade (knee) are questionable for Sunday's game against San Diego.

Wade, who hyperextended his left knee in last week's loss to Philadelphia, got in a little red-zone work during today's practice and said he felt optimistic about his chances of playing, assuming there's no additional swelling.

"It will obviously be a real game-time decision," he said.

If Wade can't go, rookie Aundrae Allison is expected to take his place as the slot receiver.

Winfield missed his second straight day of practice after aggravating a strained hamstring Wednesday.

The nine-year veteran said this is his first hamstring injury and that the decision on whether he plays could go right up to game time.

"Of course, you want to be smart about it," he said. "It's tough dealing with a hamstring. You never know. Right now, I'm just getting all the treatment I can and trying to get back out there."

Rookie Marcus McCauley, who lost his job as nickel back last week, is expected to get the start at left cornerback if Winfield is unable to play.

In addition to Wade and Winfield, the Vikings are listing wide receiver Troy Williamson and quarterback Kelly Holcomb as questionable.

Williamson missed his third straight day of practice because of a death in the family and it's uncertain if he will return before the Monday funeral.

Holcomb suffered a neck injury last week, but he and coach Brad Childress said he is sufficiently recovered to serve as the emergency quarterback Sunday.


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