Tank Williams Could Be Done For Season

One of the top training camp battles this year was supposed to come at safety, where newcomers Dwight Smith and Tank Williams squared off for a starting job. That competition appears to be over -- as does the 2006 season for Williams.

Tank Williams was one of the Vikings' key defensive free agent signings. With the loss of Corey Chavous to free agency, Williams was seen as his replacement.

That experiment ended before he could even play a game. At practice Saturday, Williams suffered a serious knee injury, believed to be either a torn ACL or fractured kneecap, during practice. The injury was a non-contact injury in which Williams was in a back pedal, planted his foot and let out a loud scream. Those close to the play said an audible pop could be heard.

As is the way with the new coaching staff, nobody from the medical staff was allowed to talk to the media. The injury will likely be addressed today.

The knee is the same one that Williams suffered a torn ACL on in 2004 while playing for the Titans.

SUNDAY NOTES
* The Vikings signed cornerback Tony Beckham Saturday. To make room for him, the team released WR Dez White.
* Chester Taylor was slowed with a groin/thigh injury. It isn't thought to be serious.
* Chad Greenway suffered what is being called a mild concussion during Friday's scrimmage with the Chiefs.

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