Whether you win or lose against the Ravens
, they are physical enough that you suffer for a couple of weeks afterward.
got the win on Sunday, but they also got the bruises that come with it.
The biggest problem for the Vikings is cornerback Antoine Winfield
's foot injury
. When Winfield left the game on Sunday the Ravens' pass offense suddenly became a world-beater as backup Karl Paymah
quickly proved he's not really ready for a starting job. The Vikings are not ruling out Winfield playing on Sunday, but everyone else is.
Now the news is out that Adrian Peterson was limited in practice
on Wednesday with a sprained ankle. Unlike Winfield, it's highly likely that Peterson will play on Sunday, but an ankle sprain is not the news the Vikings want to hear as they get ready to face the Steelers
. If Peterson is healthy, he's the perfect weapon to attack a Steelers' run defense that is trying to recover from the loss of defensive end Aaron Smith
. But if Peterson is limited in any way, it makes Steelers' coordinator Dick LeBeau's job much easier.
While the Vikings are limping, Pittsburgh (with the exception of Smith) is healthier than it has been in any game since the season opener.