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Vikings' tackles might play after all
Posted Dec. 03 at 08:46 AM
Not so fast on those drug suspensions.
The Vikings’ two man-mountain tackles, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, have been granted a temporary restraining order against the league by a judge in Minnesota. Looks like these guys might play after all.
With the two Williamses in the lineup, Minnesota’s run defense is about as good as any in the league. If they’re out for the final four games – as the league decided Tuesday – it might open the door for Chicago or Green Bay to steal the championship in the NFC North.
The Vikings don’t really need the Williams this week – they’re at Detroit. But all losing them could potentially make the difference in each of their final three games, against the Cardinals, Falcons and Giants. If Minnesota goes 2-2 down the stretch, either the Bears are Packers would win the division title by running the table. Green Bay plays at Chicago in week 16; otherwise, both teams have soft remaining schedules.
Fantasy-wise, if the Williams are out, we think Detroit running back Kevin Smith might be pretty good this week. And it would enhance the value of Calvin Johnson and Daunte Culpepper. If the Williamses are in uniform, we would have no interest in Smith or Culpepper.
A local TV station in Minnesota has the story.
Posted by Duane Stay | Dec. 05 at 07:18 AM
The Minnesota judges are Viking fans and they all have season tickets. Scandinavians tend to stick together when it comes to the Vikes.
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