Kevin Williams was back at Winter Park on Monday for the first time after serving his two-week suspension, vowing he'll play on Sunday despite not getting paid for it and dealing with plantar fasciitis.
While the Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle is done with his suspension, part of his discipline for his 2008 positive test for the banned diuretic Bumetanide was that he would also play two games without pay. After fighting the four-game suspension that was originally handed down in 2008 for nearly 2½ years, Williams said he didn't plan to appeal playing two games without pay.
"I try not to think about it anymore. It's become a numb feeling that I'll be out there for two weeks without pay. You all can take a pot if you like and I'll be more than happy to take it," Williams joked to reporters.
"I'm not going to fight it anymore. ... I think [the NFL] shot it down off the top. It's really nothing to talk about."
The Vikings could use Williams, as he adds another Pro Bowl element to a defensive line that had three new starters for the first two games. During that stretch, the Vikings went 0-2 after surrendering double-digit halftime leads.
Williams spent those games on his couch watching the second-half collapses.
"It was tough. I mean, I want to be out there with the guys," he said. "Not to be able to is a terrible feeling. So it was real difficult watching, especially the way it unfolded in both of those games."
The six-time Pro Bowler isn't used to missing games. Before his suspension, he had played in 126 of 128 possible games, all starts. Last year, he finished seventh on the team in tackles with 65, second on the team with nine tackles-for-loss and seven passes defensed, but he had a career-low one sack.
The suspension may have served a purpose, however, as Williams was limited in the preseason with plantar fasciitis in his foot. While he said the foot feels "great," he admits it's not fully healed.
"I'm definitely going to play. Sitting at home two weeks was bad enough," he said. "The foot ain't going to stop me."
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