EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Antoine Winfield took his usual place in the Minnesota Vikings' starting lineup for last week's regular-season opener at the Metrodome, but he was playing through pain four days after learning his brother had been murdered in Akron, Ohio.
Winfield, 35, played the Vikings' win over the Jaguars with his brother in his thoughts. Anthony Travis, 30, was killed last week in Winfield's hometown. The cornerback will be in the lineup again this week after missing Thursday's practice to attend his brother's funeral. He has used the game he loves as a respite from the emotional pain, and he played Sunday in his brother's honor.
"I play for me," Winfield said Friday. "I still love the game, still going out there. But last week I played a lot harder, running around just trying to hit everything, just feeling no pain."
Winfield received word last Wednesday that his brother had been shot and killed. The shooter still hasn't been apprehended. Meanwhile, Winfield believes he...