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NFL confirms that Smith, Grant are eligible this week

The Lions have another reason to be somber.

Saints defensive linemen Charles Grant and Will Smith are both eligible to play this week against Detroit, the NFL confirmed Tuesday.

Grant, Smith, and Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams are all waiting to hear from a federal appeals court in Minnesota for a decision to overturn or uphold their players’ four-game suspensions.

It is believed the NFL isn’t prevented from suspending the Saints players right now, but it appears they will wait for a decision from Minnesota before proceeding.   Both Vikings are waiting for a ruling, which could could any day.  (Or any week.)

At the very least, the league will wait another week, hurting Detroit’s chances of ending their 17-game regular season losing streak.

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6 Responses to “NFL confirms that Smith, Grant are eligible this week”
  1. faulkn22 says: Sep 8, 2009 6:03 PM

    Wouldn’t the Lions equally be happy that Grady Jackson is available.
    Sometimes you writers look like tools.

  2. Hail2ThaRedskins says: Sep 8, 2009 6:15 PM

    I am surprised the league isn’t enforcing the suspensions against the Saints’ players. However, I applaud the decision. For consistentcy, if the league is barred from suspending the Vikings’ players they shouldn’t suspend the any other players caught in the same situation either. I assume that this is not done for fairness (because to be fair none of the players should be suspened giving the circumstances), but rather to prevent the players and/or union from filing a lawsuit with regards to inconsistent enforcement of the league’s suspension policies.

  3. slipkid says: Sep 8, 2009 6:18 PM

    could could?
    or should should?
    or woulda coulda shoulda?

  4. sand0 says: Sep 8, 2009 6:34 PM

    The NFL should just stop this nonsense and then work towards fine tuning the rules to avoid future nonsense.
    The Williamses took an over the counter supplement that did not list a banned substance. The NFL and Starcaps knew that the substance didn’t contain a banned substance and didn’t make that known. But now the players and the Vikings team have to deal with all the fallout and potential suspensions.
    I would be so pissed if I failed a drug test and lost money because both my employer and the manufacturer of the drug failed to mention it.

  5. zod says: Sep 8, 2009 8:10 PM

    Quote:
    The NFL should just stop this nonsense and then work towards fine tuning the rules to avoid future nonsense.
    The Williamses took an over the counter supplement that did not list a banned substance. The NFL and Starcaps knew that the substance didn’t contain a banned substance and didn’t make that known. But now the players and the Vikings team have to deal with all the fallout and potential suspensions.
    I would be so pissed if I failed a drug test and lost money because both my employer and the manufacturer of the drug failed to mention it.
    ……
    Good to see the fool level here is still at an all time in this country and especially at this site.
    I think the writer of this simple screed, should endeavor to learn how the legal system, in his country, actually works. The language in the CBA was crafted by the best and brightest of the legal profession. Now what some wack job state judge does is why this back in federal court for the second time. Not that’s much of guarantee these days. But it’s all we have for now.

  6. nato2424 says: Sep 8, 2009 9:16 PM

    the judge is a vikings fan

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