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Kevin Williams back at practice, on track to play Sunday

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The Vikings defense didn’t do much to slow down the Lions offense in Week One and one reason why they might have struggled was the absence of defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who missed the game with a knee injury he suffered on a low block by 49ers guard Joe Looney in the preseason.

Williams was back at practice on Wednesday, however, and he’s been given clearance for a return to a full workload. Coach Leslie Frazier said that Williams will be in the lineup against the Bears on Sunday as long as he doesn’t aggravate the injury in the next few days. He sounded like a man very happy to see Williams on the field when he met with the media after practice.

“Kevin is so important to us that his absence, it makes a difference,” Frazier said, via the Pioneer Press. “He was one of the best ever to play the position so anytime you don’t have him, not only from a performance standpoint but a leadership standpoint, it’s going to affect your team.”

Rookie Sharrif Floyd would move back into a reserve role if Williams is able to play against the Bears, which should improve both the Vikings’ depth and their production up front.

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12 Responses to “Kevin Williams back at practice, on track to play Sunday”
  1. thepftpoet says: Sep 11, 2013 4:00 PM

    We really missed him against the lions and is vital the the Vikings run D, those big Reggie bush runs probably wouldn’t have happened with K-Will playing

  2. teamnorsecore says: Sep 11, 2013 4:00 PM

    Gonna help having #93 back out there. Big difference maker in the run stopping and his veteran leadership is important out there. Look for the Vikes defense to rebound against Mr. INT this week.

  3. Born: 1961 Titles seen: 0 says: Sep 11, 2013 4:07 PM

    Great to have KWill back. Can he play QB?

  4. lions81slappy says: Sep 11, 2013 4:12 PM

    so everybody is talking about how looney should be fined and suspended then, right? oh wait it was only suh for some reason

  5. swenny19 says: Sep 11, 2013 4:43 PM

    Dumbass lions fan. Looney was on the ground and it was a complete accident. All you lions fans are saying its just because he is suh that he got fined. Suh went for an ACL tear on Sullivan on purpose without any need for the block whatsoever. Get your head out of your rear he is dirty as they come.

  6. swenny19 says: Sep 11, 2013 4:46 PM

    There is no player in the nfl who wouldnt be called for suh’s hit. Idiots

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 11, 2013 5:00 PM

    Looney’s hit was just as dirty as Suh’s. The reason he didn’t get fined was because for some inexplicable reason his play was legal. He purposely went after the knee of an opponent who was out of the play when he could easily have hit him in the chest.

  8. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 11, 2013 5:06 PM

    Yeah Lions fans. Vikes fans are experts in seeing people try to end careers. They watch Jared Allen every game.

  9. thebirdofprey says: Sep 11, 2013 5:36 PM

    Looney’s hit on Williams was not a complete accident. It was the same as Suh’s on Sullivan. How did that give 6 thumbs up when Jared Allen and Williams both said that 49er hit was uncalled for and dirty?

  10. whatjusthapped says: Sep 11, 2013 9:43 PM

    Big deal, the Vikings are still headed to 0-2. Look it up, not many teams qualify for the post season after going 0-2

  11. brewdogg says: Sep 12, 2013 12:32 PM

    So in a few days you’ll be mailing in the Packers season as lost already?

    Well, I guess I’ll just add that to the list of reasons I’m glad you’re on the other side of the arrogance divide.

  12. toddc612 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:46 PM

    We’re comiiingggg… we’re comingggg!

    Superbowl, homeboy!

    ( I kid, I kid..)

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