The Vikings secondary took a hit in overtime of Sunday's 31-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Cornerback Cedric Griffin suffered a knee injury while covering the kickoff in overtime while Pro Bowl corner Antoine Winfield re-injured his right foot.
Griffin threw his helmet as he lay on the turf after the kickoff. He left the locker room on crutches Monday and there were indications that he had suffered a torn ligament.
Winfield re-injured his foot on one of the final plays in overtime and will have an MRI this week to assess the damage.
Winfield, who missed six games after fracturing his foot, said last week that he did not intend to play in the Pro Bowl after being added as an injury replacement.
Fullback Naufahu Tahi spoke briefly with reporters in the locker room Monday but he did not shed much light on what happened on the Vikings penalty for having 12 players in the huddle late in regulation.
The penalty came after a timeout with 19 seconds left and the score tied at 28. The Vikings faced a third-and-10 at the Saints 33-yard line when the flag was thrown.
"We just had a fullback in there and we changed up and broke the huddle with 12," coach Brad Childress said after the game. "You can't call back-to-back timeouts either. I thought we slipped up there."
Tahi seemed uncomfortable when asked what happened on the play.
“I really don’t know,” he said. “That’s something that coach Childress will be talking about I’m sure. I really can’t answer that. I wouldn’t know what happened.”
Asked if there was miscommunication on the sideline during the timeout, Tahi said: “Coach Childress will talk about it because I really don’t know what happened or what was going on. They’ll know more about it than I do.”
Tahi also was asked if the Vikings plan was to run the ball up the middle to set up a long field goal attempt by Ryan Longwell.
“I don’t remember,” he said. “I know it was a short yardage play. I don’t know what the coaches thinking was as far as what we were going to do. I was just more focused on my job and what I had to do. I didn’t know what was going on. The coaches will know more than I do.”