Williamson To Miss Minicamp

Vikings wide receiver Troy Williamson will sit out this weekend's minicamp as the result of an abcess on his left hip.

When Vikings wide receiver Troy Williamson was a youngster, he was injured in a fire that covered 17 percent of his body and required skin grafts. As a result, he has been more liable for infections. One such infection will keep him out of this weekend's minicamp.

Williamson had minor surgery this week to remove an abcess from his left hip -- near the point where he had a skin graft as a child.

The injury isn't viewed as serious, but will sideline Williamson from the team's first opportunity to have everyone together -- including their rookie draft class of 2006.

After being the No. 7 overall draft choice of the Vikings last year, Williamson had 24 catches for 372 yards in his rookie season. He is expected to play a bigger role in 2006 with a year of experience in the NFL and WR Nate Burleson now in Seattle.

* The Viking will be one of 14 teams with minicamps this weekend.
* The team will have five practice sessions during minicamp -- two practices each on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:10 to 5:10 p.m. and Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
* Three players have been excused from minicamp this weekend because of their participation in NFL Europe -- Sean Bubin, Aaron Hosack and Ronyell Whitaker.
* Zygi Wilf called this week's Senate approval of three stadiums for a referendum a huge step for the Vikings. In a statement through the team, Wilf said, "The Senate took a major step toward showing the nation that Minnesota can resolve these stadium issues for the next generation. We're very encouraged by their action and we're confident they will move forward on all three stadiums and put this issue behind us."
* Former Vikings vice president Mike Kelly has been named chief operating officer and general counsel to the National Arbitration Forum.

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