The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to try to slow Aaron Rodgers without a big piece of their secondary.
Winfield suffered an ankle injury in practice on Thursday and sat out Friday. There was optimism early in the day that Winfield might be able to give it a go, but a lengthy pre-game workout proved he was unable to play through the injury, Palmer added.
The playmaking safety's absence is a massive blow to the backend of the Bucs D. Winfield, who should get some consideration for AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, is one of Tampa's best ballhawks and has made game-changing plays all season.
Winfield compiled 11 tackles and a forced fumble in two postseason games.
On the flip side, the Packers will have corner Kevin King on the field against Tom Brady and the Bucs offensive weapons.