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Tough Week For Vikings’ Williamses

February 14, 2011

A case that has been winding its way through the courts since 2008 has reached another decision, and it did not favor Vikings’ defensive linemen Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. An appeals court in Minnesota ruled in favor of the NFL and handed down a ruling that paves the way for the league to suspend the two players for the first four games of the 2011 season.

Pat Williams said he has spent almost $1 million dollars in legal fees and is still deciding whether or not to appeal the case to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

To add injury to insult, both players recently underwent surgery. Pat for a torn left triceps, and Kevin had arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

Kevin Williams exchanged text messages with Chip Scoggins and Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“Everything is all good,” Williams wrote. “I feel pretty good.”

The surgery, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews, is considered minor and should have little impact on Kevin Williams’ offseason workout schedule.

Pat Williams is wearing a brace but expects to be back next season. Although he has more than likely played his last game in Minnesota, the 14th year lineman says he wants to play another year. The Vikings have a large number of free agents to re-sign and Pat doesn’t appear to be high on their list of priorities.

No matter what happens this offseason, Pat and Kevin Williams are certainly glad to put this particular week behind them.

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