Williamson Out For Opener

Vikings first-round draft pick Troy Williamson will miss the preseason opener due to a foot injury.

Friday was supposed to be the day that the Randy Moss era was buried and covered with dirt. It was going to be a chance for fans to see the new Vikings with speedy rookie Troy Williamson flashing the exlosiveness that made him the seventh overall selection.

Wednesday the team found out that probably isn't going to happen. Following Tuesday night's intrasquad scrimmage, Williamson woke up Wednesday with pain in his right foot. Tests showed no structural damage -- the training staff referred to the injury as a "soft tissue impingement."

As a result, rest is the cure and Williamson is expected to sit out Friday's game -- delaying the official end of the Moss era for at least a week.

* Fred Smoot, who was already expected to miss Friday's game, suffered a minor knee injury Wednesday and isn't going to practice until next Monday. Thus far, Smoot has practiced just two days.
* The team got some rare good news on the injury front. Matt Birk was activated from the physically unable to perform list two days earlier than expected, but is not likely to play until the final preseason game at the earliest.
* Mike Tice is making threats again. Tice, known for motivating players by threatening to bring in other players, openly threatened his guards Wednesday saying that he's considering calling David Dixon out of mothballs. Dixon isn't playing, but has not officially announced his retirement.

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