Williams Named All-Pro

The Vikings' Kevin Williams was named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team Thursday -- an honor few Vikings defenders have seen in recent years.

While people can debate the merits or lack thereof by the Vikings defense in 2004, one thing that hasn't been in dispute has been the play of Kevin Williams.

The Vikings defensive tackle was rewarded Thursday with his selection to the Associated Press All-Pro team, which selects 22 players on offense and defense as if it were an actual team -- instead of Pro Bowl balloting which awards three or more players from each conference at a given position.

Williams got the most votes for any defensive tackle with 22. He is joined by the Patriots' Richard Seymour on the All-Pro team.

The Vikings haven't had a defensive player on the All-Pro team since John Randle in 1998.

* The Vikings announced a 15 percent increase in ticket packages for 2005. The most expensive ticket will go from $90 this year to $105 next year, with smaller increases for less expensive tickets.
* Randy Moss has begun speaking, but not to the local press. He spoke with ESPN's Andrea Kremer Wednesday and FOX's Jimmy Johnson Thursday, but kept mum with interview requests from local writers. He said he was only going to accommodate media outlets that are "supportive of the Minnesota Vikings" with interviews. Apparently he hasn't listened to talking suits like Trey Wingo and Sean Salisbury savage the Vikings on ESPN.
* Moss did call into Mike Tice's weekly radio show and seemed to make a bad situation worse by reiterating his ban on the local media -- saying if they want answers to their questions, watch the interviews on ESPN and FOX.
* Scott Linehan's name has surfaced in the vacant Ravens offensive coordinator position. His name has also been mentioned in coordinator searches underway with the Bears, Dolphins and Patriots.
* Cris Carter had to open his mouth on HBO Thursday, saying that Moss is "still immature after all these years." Apparently Carter forgets how moody he was as a player.
* Brian Williams and Moe Williams returned to practice Thursday and both were removed from the injury report.

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