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Vikings must win to get in. Robison, Winfield active

Posted by: under Injury report, Vikings, Bears, Lions, Packers, Antoine Winfield, Brian Robison Updated: December 30, 2012 - 3:37 PM

The Vikings will have to beat the Packers today to make the playoffs.  The Bears beat the Lions 26-24, and Chicago will get into the playoffs if the Vikings do not.

Here are the inactives for the regular season finale against Green Bay at Mall of America Field. Not surprisingly, neither cornerback Antoine Winfield nor defensive end Brian Robison are inactive. Both veterans will play through their injuries today, despite being listed on Friday’s injury report as questionable.

The inactives for the Vikings today are: linebacker Audie Cole, receiver Stephen Burton, cornerback Brandon Burton, defensive end D’Aundre Reed, safety Robert Blanton, offensive lineman Troy Kropog and quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

Robison will play through a Grade 3 shoulder sprain this afternoon. In all likelihood, Everson Griffen will see more time at end as well to aid Robison.

Winfield, meanwhile, broke a bone in his right hand last weekend in Houston. But he played through that setback for more than three quarters last week and will wear a wrap and a protective pad today to aid in the injury.

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