The Minnesota Vikings are hoping a low block on their most tenured player doesn't turn out to be as bad as it looked.
On the San Francisco 49ers' first drive of the second half, backup offensive lineman Joe Looney dove at Williams' legs as the defensive tackle turned to pursue running back LaMichael James. Looney's shoulder went into the front of Williams' knee, ending his night.
"We'll get an MRI to determine the extent of anything that may or may not have been done. I'll know a little bit more tomorrow," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said.
While the Vikings suffered other minor injuries, Frazier said the team had the "most concern" over Williams' injury.
He said the coaching staff would most likely send the film of Looney's low block on Williams to the league office for review for potential discipline.
"The guys upstairs were telling me that's one we probably want to send into the league so I'm looking forward to seeing it," Frazier said shortly after the game. "They were pretty upset when they saw it so we've got to take a look at it."
Williams – a 2003 first-round draft choice, six-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro – received attention from the Vikings' medical staff on the field and was given further exam on the training table, where they performed tests on his right knee. They wrapped his knee and he didn't return to the game, eventually going to the locker room in the fourth quarter.
Starting cornerback Chris Cook also suffered a groin injury, but Frazier said he should be fine in a few days.
"Nothing really serious there," Frazier said.
Later in third quarter, rookie defensive tackle Anthony McCloud was also injured.
"Other than that, whatever we had were more bumps and bruises which should be fine in time," Frazier said. "But Kevin is the one that we'll have to take a look at (Monday)."
First-round pick Sharrif Floyd, another defensive tackle, had a "minor procedure" to his knee last week and hasn't practiced since, although he is expected to be ready for the regular-season opener. But with Christian Ballard leaving the team two weeks ago, the Vikings could be short-handed at defensive tackle for the preseason finale Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans.
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