Winfield back, Harvin out for VikingsDec 13, 2009 - 11:47 PM
Winfield missed the previous six games over seven weeks with a right foot injury. His return was a boost for a defense that lost starting linebacker E.J. Henderson to a broken leg the previous week and shined in a pivotal 30-10 victory over the Bengals.
The Vikings also played without starting safety Tyrell Johnson, who is recovering a concussion, and backup cornerback and special teams player Karl Paymah due to a knee injury. Rookie Jamarca Sanford started in Johnson's place, and rookie Jasper Brinkley took over for Henderson in the heart of the defense.
The loss of Harvin on offense was huge for Minnesota, but the Vikings withstood the first-round draft pick's absence on both offense and special teams. Darius Reynaud averaged 27 yards on two kickoff returns, and the Vikings converted eight of 14 third downs against the league's best defense in that category.
Harvin has had problems with migraines for years, and they again prevented him from practicing this week. This was the first game he missed. Coach Brad Childress said it was best to be cautious.
"It kills him not to be out here," Childress said. "He's a tough guy, but he can't out-tough through this."
For the Bengals, starting free safety Chris Crocker was active after being listed as questionable on Friday with an ankle injury but he got hurt in the first quarter and didn't return. Crocker was wearing a walking boot in the locker room afterward. Coach Marvin Lewis didn't address his team's injuries.
Backup safety Kyries Hebert (knee) was inactive after being listed as questionable on Friday. For the second straight week, Pat Sims started at defensive tackle for Domata Peko, who is out with a knee injury. Also, cornerback Johnathan Joseph was hurt in the third quarter.
Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco hurt his nose on a hard hit by Minnesota's Cedric Griffin that knocked Ochocinco's helmet off and drew a roughness penalty on Griffin.
"I try to preserve my sexy and he messed up my nose, but it's all good," Ochocinco said. "It's part of the game. When the helmet was coming off, the facemask just tapped it. That's all. But I still look good though."
FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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CINCINNATI 0 7 0 3 10
MINNESOTA 0 16 7 7 30 FINAL
2ND QUARTER: MIN - FG, RYAN LONGWELL 41 YD, 0:32.
MIN - TD, SIDNEY RICE 9 YD PASS FROM
BRETT FAVRE (RYAN LONGWELL
KICK), 6:15. MINNESOTA 10-0
CIN - TD, CHAD OCHOCINCO 15 YD PA
Dec 13 3:08 PM
MINNESOTA 30 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Dec 13 3:08 PM
MINNESOTA 30 3:24 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Bengals 10, Vikings 30 4th - 3:24Dec 13 2:57 PM
SHAYNE GRAHAM 22 YD
MINNESOTA 23 12:47 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Bengals 10, Vikings 23 4th - 12:47Dec 13 2:32 PM
MINNESOTA 23 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Dec 13 2:25 PM
MINNESOTA 23 8:40 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Bengals 7, Vikings 23 3rd - 8:40Dec 13 2:01 PM
RYAN LONGWELL 44 YD
MINNESOTA 16 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Bengals 7, Vikings 16 HalfDec 13 1:36 PM
RYAN LONGWELL 23 YD
MINNESOTA 13 0:38 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Bengals 7, Vikings 13 2nd - 0:38Dec 13 1:32 PM
MINNESOTA 10 3:56 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Bengals 7, Vikings 10 2nd - 3:56Dec 13 1:15 PM
MINNESOTA 10 8:45 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Bengals 0, Vikings 10 2nd - 8:45Dec 13 1:03 PM
RYAN LONGWELL 41 YD
MINNESOTA 3 14:32 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Bengals 0, Vikings 3 2nd - 14:32Dec 13 12:47 PM
MINNESOTA 0 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Dec 13 12:44 PM
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