Wide receiver Troy Williamson would have stayed in South Carolina longer to help out his family in a time of grief if it were up to him, but the Vikings were already docking him one game check for missing last Sunday.
Wide receiver Troy Williamson
expressed no remorse about his decision to leave the Vikings last week in order to spend time with his family in South Carolina after the death of his maternal grandmother.
However, the Vikings obviously weren't happy with Williamson's extended absence and thus decided to dock him a week's paycheck.
Players are paid on a 17-week basis (16 games plus the bye week). Based on that formula, Williamson lost $25,588.24 by leaving. His base salary this season is $435,000. Williamson can file a grievance with the NFL Players Association.
"I know it's a business and I know (the Vikings have) got other obligations when it comes to them and their family also," Williamson said. "I know how I feel towards mine. ... I feel like I wouldn't have been overdoing it if I had stayed home a little longer but you've got other people and their opinions."
Williamson's family issues extend beyond the death of his grandmother. His 29-year-old brother, Carlton, has been in and out of a coma in an Augusta, Ga., hospital since being involved in an automobile accident in September.
Asked about the decision to not pay Williamson, coach Brad Childress said: "It's really kind of out of my realm. It's a business principle, organizationally."
Added Childress: "It's not a matter of being excused. He had a family obligation that he had to see to. We sat down and talked on Monday before he left. His grandmother passed away Monday morning. He had to do what he had to do. Everybody handles that differently, whether it's Pat Williams
coming back a day after his dad's death and playing, or whether it's Reggie Wayne
's brother passing away and him playing. He had to do what his family situation called for."
The coach would not say if Williamson will play Sunday at Green Bay.
CB Antoine Winfield was very limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a hamstring injury. Winfield, who sat out last Sunday against San Diego because of the injury, said Friday's practice will be key for him. Without Winfield, an already suspect pass defense could be in big trouble.
LT Bryant McKinnie did limited work in Thursday's practice after sitting out Wednesday because of inflammation in his left knee. McKinnie said he should be fine to play Sunday.
QB Kelly Holcomb was limited in Wednesday and Thursday's practices because of a neck injury and likely will need another week of no contact before he's ready to return to any type of game action.
QB Tarvaris Jackson was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday after suffering a concussion last Sunday against San Diego. It appears Brooks Bollinger will get the start against the Packers.
WR Sidney Rice sat out Thursday's practice after being limited Wednesday because of a sore hamstring.
WR Bobby Wade played last Sunday despite missing most of the week because of a hyper-extended knee. He was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday.
RT Ryan Cook was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday but should play against the Packers. Cook also was limited last week but play the entire game against San Diego.
DE Ray Edwards practiced on Wednesday but was limited Thursday after being bothered by a foot injury.