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Vikings' Winfield expects to start vs. Packers after neck injury

After missing four games with a neck injury, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield is expected to return Monday night against the Green Bay Packers.

The Pro Bowl cover man was listed as probable Saturday on the Vikings' injury report.

"Body feels good," Winfield said Saturday. "I'm just excited to get back out there."

Winfield's injury had been called a neck strain, though he has said, without detailing it, that it was more serious. He returns at a good time, however, as the Vikings' 30th-ranked pass defense faces the NFL's highest-rated quarterback in the Packers' Aaron Rodgers.

The Vikings, however, ruled out right guard Anthony Herrera for the second straight game because of a knee injury. Herrera, who sat out the entire week of practice, will be replaced again by Joe Berger.

Cornerback Chris Cook, suspended by the team while awaiting a court hearing on an Oct. 22 felony assault charge, also was ruled out.

Meanwhile, the Packers listed linebacker Clay Matthews (knee) as probable after he practiced on Friday and Saturday. Fellow linebacker Frank Zombo (hamstring) and tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring) were ruled out.

For a complete look at all injuries around the league, go to's injury page.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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