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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Winfield hopeful

Wearing a brace to protect his injured left shoulder, cornerback Antoine Winfield practiced on a limited basis today and said he hopes to play in Sunday's regular-season finale at Denver.

Winfield said he has a limited range of motion with the brace and that the shoulder is still a little stiff but feels a lot better than it did last week.

Winfield said he wanted to play in Sunday night's 32-21 loss to Washington but didn't disagree with the decision to hold him out.

"I don't think I could really hit anything," he said. "It would be hard for me, playing my style of football, to go out and tackle someone."

Asked if he can get to that point by Sunday, he said:"Hopefully, I can. That's what I'm hoping for."

Practice notes:Defensive tackle Pat Williams and linebacker Vinny Ciurciu were the only players who didn't participate in practice.

Ciurciu has an ankle injury and the Vikings said Williams was given the day off.

Wide receiver Sidney Rice (ankle) and linebacker Dontarrious Thomas (groin) returned to practice.


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