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NFL suspends Kevin Williams two games

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The uncertainty is over for Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams.

The NFL announced Friday that Williams will be suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.   Williams will be fined two additional games.

He tested positive in 2008, but the suspension has been on hold because of a long court case centered around Starcaps, the diuretic that Williams tested positive for.

We’d think this means Saints defensive end Will Smith is headed for a suspension too, but we haven’t heard anything on that front and this entire Starcaps mess has been unpredictable.

Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press notes that Williams is suffering from plantar fascitis, so the timing works out well for him.

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34 Responses to “NFL suspends Kevin Williams two games”
  1. packh8er says: Sep 2, 2011 3:27 PM

    Did they suspend the retired? Pat Williams as well?

  2. shaggytoodle says: Sep 2, 2011 3:28 PM

    I never thought this would take longer than the lockout out to figure out, did that other Williams avoid suspension by retiring?

  3. cusoman says: Sep 2, 2011 3:29 PM

    Since I know you’re always watching our stories:

    Don’t look so smug Packer fans, HGH testing will eventually get underway and your precious “Claymaker” will be exposed too, except that will be a lot more cut and dry.

    Glad this K.Williams saga is over though. Next up on the list of drawn out stories involving the Vikings that need to come to a close? Stadium. Get it done.

  4. apooster says: Sep 2, 2011 3:29 PM

    It’s not a bad deal. He has Planters Fasciitis, which will allow him an additional two weeks to rest and recover. The rest of the line will have to step it up against the Chargers and the Buccaneers and LeGarrette Blount.

  5. myspaceyourface says: Sep 2, 2011 3:31 PM

    Get convicted of breaking the law = no suspension

    Get accused of breaking the law = 6 game suspension

    Get accused of PED’s = 2 suspension

    This goes to my entire point of uneven punishment. Player A makes a great hit and gets fined.
    Player B makes the same great hit and not even a flag.

  6. thephantomstranger says: Sep 2, 2011 3:33 PM

    This is great timing for this suspension. Williams can use the extra two weeks to heal his foot, and he’ll be back in time to show Detroit what a real defensive tackle looks like.

  7. itsnotforme says: Sep 2, 2011 3:35 PM

    The NFL has crapped all over themselves with the way they have handled this mess. Them and the NFLPA need to review the rules on banned substances and get the information out to the players.

    I think both the NFL and the players are to blame for what happen, but I’m not sure the penalty was fair for the players involved.

  8. blizzard01 says: Sep 2, 2011 3:35 PM

    Rest your foot for two weeks- come back strong week three. Long, boring story finally ends. The moral= whatever.

  9. cowboyjesc says: Sep 2, 2011 3:36 PM

    Rest your neck K-dub

  10. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 2, 2011 3:37 PM

    So why is the steroid masker getting off with only half the penalty?

    Why should the vikings not get the full punishment after 2 steroid masking agents found in players and Erin Henderson was found using steroids and Ray Edwards was found using steroids?

    With the vikings history of marijuanna and drunken episodes that franchise deserves no leniency.

  11. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 2, 2011 3:37 PM

    He needs to get one of those boots I see advertised in skymall all the time for plantar fascitis.

    Skymall is awesome.

  12. blackgold4life says: Sep 2, 2011 3:40 PM

    Just like Roger to wait till the last minute to do something. Smh.

  13. contra74 says: Sep 2, 2011 3:52 PM

    bobnelsonjr says:
    Sep 2, 2011 3:37 PM
    So why is the steroid masker getting off with only half the penalty?

    Why should the vikings not get the full punishment after 2 steroid masking agents found in players and Erin Henderson was found using steroids and Ray Edwards was found using steroids?

    With the vikings history of marijuanna and drunken episodes that franchise deserves no leniency.
    ————–
    Oh, its you again. Look, your posts are awarded the same type of response as when someone realizes they are about to walk into some dog poop on the sidewalk. They pause in disgust as to what they were about to get into, step aside and move on.

  14. percychuggs says: Sep 2, 2011 3:55 PM

    “Just like Roger to wait till the last minute to do something. Smh.”

    Yes, because every league transaction and move is done by Goodell and Goodell alone, right?

  15. sterling7 says: Sep 2, 2011 3:57 PM

    I looked up “Plantar Fasciitis” and I read that you can do every treatment from rubdowns on the foot to massages to cortisone shots and many other treatments. But the best thing you can do for plantar fasciitis is to stay off your foot. Why then do I see Kevin Williams standing around at football practice and walking the sidelines at the games (I see he has a walking cast on-but hey?). Hey Kevin, “stay off the foot”! Watch some TV or something-but stay off the foot!!!

  16. purplehayseuss says: Sep 2, 2011 4:13 PM

    “With the vikings history of marijuanna and drunken episodes that franchise deserves no leniency.” Bobbyjr

    Junior,
    If you’re going to indict Vikings based on the above statement, you’d better be squeaky clean between the sheets over there in the Holy(Packer)Land. Debauchery is not exclusive to Minny, and even you must know and accept that. You’ll have to go back to the glory days when there are at least as many bone-headed Packers doing rude and lascivious things with the fair sex and alcohol and weed as on any other team.

    You claim here [ad nauseum] that Minny is home to villains and by inference that GB is home to angels and hence the trophy count. Your own logic shackles you to the truth, which is that many, many of the Holy 13 were captured using players whom, if all the stories were told, and the truth be known, would make you very, very ashamed indeed. So drop the halo, Junior. Nobody buys it.

  17. captaintriumph says: Sep 2, 2011 4:14 PM

    Rest that foot Kevin…and see you in week 3 for the beat-down of the Lions.

  18. josdin00 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:17 PM

    bobnelsonjr says: Sep 2, 2011 3:37 PM

    So why is the steroid masker getting off with only half the penalty?

    Why should the vikings not get the full punishment after 2 steroid masking agents found in players and Erin Henderson was found using steroids and Ray Edwards was found using steroids?

    With the vikings history of marijuanna and drunken episodes that franchise deserves no leniency.

    ——————————————–

    He may have tested positive under the old CBA, but due to the timing of the court cases and whatnot, he’s being punished under the current CBA, which states that players testing positive for diuretics will be suspended for 2 games (as reported previously on PFT – http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/23/report-starcaps-suspensions-could-be-reduced/). Therefore, he is receiving full punishment. Actually, since he’s being fined for an additional two games, he’s receiving extra punishment.

    In other words, get your facts straight before spewing your outrage. It does you no credit to be that wrong.

  19. doe22us says: Sep 2, 2011 4:18 PM

    This is a case where the players lost big, factor in lawyer fees i just dont want to know how much, the emotional roller coasters and then to be hit with two games. Had they not contested, the 4 game checks would have been cheaper. Anyway hindsight is 20/20

  20. fwippel says: Sep 2, 2011 4:23 PM

    This stinks. The NFL has gotten away with unequal justice here, allowing some players who had taken StarCaps to get off scott-free, but choosing to penalize Williams and probably Will Smith.

    To make matters worse, the NFL knew StarCaps contained an unlisted ingredient that it had banned, and did NOT tell the NFLPA about it.

    But I guess its better that league office be allowed to fool itself into believing that they’re not hypocrites than to cause any damage to Roger Goodell’s delicate, precious ego.

  21. savannahrose44 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:30 PM

    What message are they trying to send here….tie your suspensions up in court and get half off? Way to stick to your guns.

  22. josdin00 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:32 PM

    doe22us says: Sep 2, 2011 4:18 PM

    This is a case where the players lost big, factor in lawyer fees i just dont want to know how much, the emotional roller coasters and then to be hit with two games. Had they not contested, the 4 game checks would have been cheaper. Anyway hindsight is 20/20

    —————

    I don’t know. The players, through all the publicity in the case, made sure that everyone knew that they didn’t take steroids, and that the substance they tested positive for wasn’t something they knowingly ingested. Maintaining there reputation seemed to be high on their list of objectives.

    Also, they got to keep playing. Pat’s retiring, and so will never have to serve the suspension, and Kevin has a foot injury that might have kept him out anyways. The extra two weeks to heal will certainly serve him well when we get later in the season.

    Depending on how they rank those items compared to the money lost, the players may feel as though they won in the long run.

  23. favreblows says: Sep 2, 2011 4:45 PM

    Sit down cheater!

    I love the response from Vikings fans. They somehow think this is a blessing because Williams has a sore foot. Ha. One of your best players just lost out on 1/4 of his total pay for the year. Yeah…..that’s great news you morons.

    Keep dreaming about Clay getting caught idiots. Ever see any of his relatives…..yeah they were really small, bad football players.

    Viking fans take the cake in not knowing sh!t.
    And Paul Hargis is your fearless leader.

  24. gdeli says: Sep 2, 2011 4:59 PM

    shame on the williams guys for using that stuff. They use it to their so called benefit at the team/fans expense. shameful. You gotta be stupid to think you can get away with illegal drugs. duh!

  25. gdeli says: Sep 2, 2011 5:00 PM

    p.s. look at what farve did. That was narcisstic too. wrecked our 2010 season and it didn’t help that sidney didn’t get surgery in the offseason. That killed us and the team. shame shame.

  26. itsnotforme says: Sep 2, 2011 5:02 PM

    So now I see that Williams will end up losing 1.4 million dollars for the 4 games. I wonder how much Smith is going to lose. You can almost rip an opponents head off and get a 25 thousand fine, but take a diet pill and they throw the book at you.

    Those seem like really fair rules. NOT

  27. thephantomstranger says: Sep 2, 2011 5:16 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Sep 2, 2011 3:28 PM
    I never thought this would take longer than the lockout out to figure out, did that other Williams avoid suspension by retiring?
    _____________

    No, Pat Williams’ retirement did not help him to avoid suspension. In a separate announcement, Goodell said that Pat would be suspended for “a million gazillion years!”

  28. alldayvikings says: Sep 2, 2011 5:20 PM

    Keep dreaming about Clay getting caught idiots. Ever see any of his relatives…..yeah they were really small, bad football players.

    Uncle Bruce matthews is in the hall of fame

  29. contra74 says: Sep 2, 2011 6:37 PM

    favreblows says:
    Sep 2, 2011 4:45 PM
    One of your best players just lost out on 1/4 of his total pay for the year. Yeah…..that’s great news you morons.
    —————–
    What does his financial situation have to do with his performance on the field? I love it when you post. Just makes the Packer fanbase hate you even more.

  30. paulharghis says: Sep 2, 2011 6:53 PM

    favreblows says:
    Sep 2, 2011 4:45 PM
    Sit down cheater!

    I love the response from Vikings fans. They somehow think this is a blessing because Williams has a sore foot. Ha. One of your best players just lost out on 1/4 of his total pay for the year. Yeah…..that’s great news you morons.

    Keep dreaming about Clay getting caught idiots. Ever see any of his relatives…..yeah they were really small, bad football players.

    Viking fans take the cake in not knowing sh!t.
    And Paul Hargis is your fearless leader.

    ==============================
    If you had an ounce of brain matter- you’d understand that him sitting down for 2 games -HELPS HIM GET OVER HIS INJURY!!!!!

    Dad Clay Jr. and Uncle Bruce also played during the steroid era. But hey, Favreblows says Clay III is clean- so none of us should question it.

    Nah, a kid goes from 168 pounds to 260 in 6 years- there is no reason to think it.

    When its been proven that you can only gain 6-8 pounds on muscle per year with out the aid of drugs- that would put clayat about 215 on the high side.
    Bonds was crucified for gaining 1/2 the weight in the same amount of time- but no, Clay he’s clean.
    I will laugh my a$$ off on the day he pisses dirty.

    Favreblows, you my ignorant buttplug, are tops when it comes to not knowing sh!t.

    To paraphrase Metallica-

    Where’s your crown King know nothing?!

  31. favreblows says: Sep 2, 2011 11:59 PM

    contra74 says:Sep 2, 2011 6:37 PM

    favreblows says:
    Sep 2, 2011 4:45 PM
    One of your best players just lost out on 1/4 of his total pay for the year. Yeah…..that’s great news you morons.
    —————–
    What does his financial situation have to do with his performance on the field? I love it when you post. Just makes the Packer fanbase hate you even more.

    ***Wow…..you’re a genius.

  32. favreblows says: Sep 3, 2011 11:15 AM

    @ Hargis—You are a complete, utter, f’n moron. Now the whole Matthews family was juicing! Maybe they passed around the steroids at Thanksgiving Dinner??!! Do you realize how stupid you are?

    Keep drinking the kool-aid and claiming that the Williams suspension actually helps the Vikings. Your ignorance keeps rising to the top.

    Slight flaw in your logic dumba$$. Bonds went on his growth spurt in his thirties. Matthews did it in his teens and early 20s…….when most normal people go on…….Growth Spurts!

    I can read you like a book…….a really short one……with lots of pictures.

    You’re so out of your league Paul. Go back to the Saloon.

  33. paulharghis says: Sep 3, 2011 1:19 PM

    No a$$wipe, Isaid they PLAYED in the steroids era, I never said they took them. By your response though, I see you must think there is some merit to that.

    Ther is no kool aid to drink dummy. He has plantar fascitis- it could hamper him ALL YEAR.

    Aren’t you packer fan turds fanous for saying ” next man up” anyway?
    Yep, it’s going to affect the Vikings with him out- but MAYBE resting it a couple extra weeks helps- nah, that can’t be right- Favreblows says it’s not.
    This is the best part- growth spurt? Gropwth spurt?!!?!

    You have growth spurts when you go through puberty stupid.

    What BOTH of these men did was grow with the aid of illegal PEDS. Age has nothin to do with it.

    YOu crucify Bonds for steroids yet Clay gets a pass. Hyocrisy, they name is Packer nation.

    Bonds gained 1/2 the amount of muscle mass that Clay did in the same amount of time.
    You cannot refute this fact.
    There is no humanly possible way that you can put that type of mass on with out the aid of PEDS- NO WAY.

    I would figure any book you read had only pictures. You don’t understand common sense, deductive reasoning or even compound sentences. I already know someone is helping you type out your posts- from the looks of it- whoever it is ias about 12 years old.

    I’ll be at the Saloon- you want me to save you your favorite chair?

    I’m out of my league huh? You couldn’t find you a$$ with both hands and a flashlight when it comes to anything sports related.

    I have feeling you are an embarassment to your whole family.
    Is your mother still booing her reproductive organs every time she looks at you?

  34. favreblows says: Sep 3, 2011 3:04 PM

    I love it. You’ve resolved your entire position to the claim that Clay Matthews is juicing. That’s when you know you’re beaten Hargis. Pick up your ball, and go home. Pray that some day the Claymaker will test positive, and cut your losses while you’re just getting creamed. Actually, you’re probably doing that right now at the Brass Rail.

    Pack–12-4
    Vikes–5-11

    Book it moron.

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