While Kevin Williams deals with plantar fasciitis, his suspension stemming from the StarCaps case of 2008 could be cut in half because of the new terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
The bad news for Kevin Williams
is that he has a foot injury that may prevent him from being all he should be in 2011. The good news is that he may not have to serve a full four-game suspension.
According to multiple reports, Commissioner Roger Goodell may have to reduce the suspension initially imposed against the Kevin and Pat Williams
from four games down to two.
The difference in the suspension could be the result of one of the hundreds of asterisk points in the collective bargaining agreement that have been informally agreed upon. This one says that positive tests for banned diuretics like StarCaps would result in a two-game suspension, while positive tests for steroids would result in a six-game suspension for a first offense, a fact first reported by the Pioneer Press.
There are still some open-ended questions as to whether the suspension will be served in Weeks 1 and 2 of the regular season – no announcement on that aspect of the reduced suspension has been made. However, past protocol has been to make such an announcement no later than a proceeding Tuesday when it would potentially impact the following week.
When Kevin dropped his appeal of the StarCaps case, it was believed that he would be subject to the four-game suspension that was initially ruled on by Goodell. But, thanks to the new CBA, it appears that if Williams is ready to go, he will only have to sit out two games during the 2011 season, which may be helpful in the long-term to give his ailing foot more time to heal.
Vikings offensive lineman Scott Kooistra had spinal surgery Tuesday and is recovering in a Seattle hospital, according to 1500 ESPN. Kooistra was injured in the second quarter of Saturday's game and played three more downs, but he stayed in Seattle after his neck injury was discovered. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Monday.
The Bryant McKinnie saga will take an interesting turn today. McKinnie has agreed to a two-year deal with the Ravens pending him passing a team-administered physical today. If he does, he will likely be added immediately to the roster and potentially could be starting at left tackle on the same line Matt Birk centers when the season begins. The deal is pretty team-friendly – a total obligation of up to $7.5 million if things go as hoped, with only $1 million being tied into a signing bonus, a relative bargain for a left tackle with credentials. The Ravens have discussed moving Michael Oher to right tackle, but have needed the right opportunity. McKinnie may be the answer.
The Colts are having some fun with the Brett Favre-to-Indy rumor mill. Adam Vinatieri, the Colts kicker who currently wears No. 4, said Tuesday (jokingly) that Favre would not only have to pay a hefty price to get the number, but that he would have to "wrestle me for it" – pretty tough talk for a kicker.
In other Vikings employment news, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed former Vikings running back Albert Young. Terms were not disclosed, but it is believed to a be a one-year deal near veteran minimum.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.