Assuming Sanford will not play, the Vikings (1-5) will go into the game against the pass-heavy Packers without half of their starting secondary. Tyrell Johnson would start for Sanford, while the Vikings would continue to use a combination of Chris Cook and Asher Allen to fill in for Winfield. Rookie safety Mistral Raymond also likely will be active for the first time in his young career.
Against Aaron Rodgers and the wide-open Packers, who like to flood the secondary with receiving options, those young defensive backs will be challenged in a way they haven't been all season.
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"They do a lot of four- and five-wideout sets; more so than most teams that you play," Frazier said. "You would like to have all hands on deck, but the guys that are going to play are going to be ready to go and we are going to need them to step up and play big for us."