With Jared Allen's availability in question because of a sprained AC joint (right shoulder), the Vikings can ill-afford to lose the Williams Wall for even a game – much less against a hated rival like the Packers. The NFL is providing no information about the progress of its investigation or when/if any suspensions will be handed down. Likewise, trying to get any information from Brad Childress hasn't provided much insight.
"I'm not approaching it any differently than we did last week at all," Childress said Monday, then said "nice try" to a follow-up question.
Pat Williams didn't seem too concerned about the any potential suspension and said it doesn't affect his play on the field.
"It doesn't bother me. On Sunday, my mind's free. I just basically go out there and whup my man in front of me. I have all sorts of other problems during the week, too. I've got kids, I've got a wife, just like everybody else. I'm dialed in. I don't got to worry about it," he said.
Williams said he hasn't heard anything from the league and is just taking things day to day.
"I'm dialed in. I don't got to worry about it," he said. "Everything will be good. Everything will be good. I ain't worried about it. I'm basically just taking it game by game."
Williams declined to say what he tested positive for.
"I don't know nothing. (Myagent) ain't told me nothing. He just told me to play. Same thing as Coach Childress. He just told me to play. Whatever goes down, I'll tell you all," Williams said.
If there is any good news in all of this for Vikings fans, it is that the league usually doesn't wait until late in the week to hand down suspensions. Typically, if punishment is to be meted out, the league will do it early in the week rather than later in the week when teams are installing their game plan for their next opponent. Although there is no "set in stone" policy about handing out suspensions, since we didn't hear anything by Monday, don't expect to see anything come down this week.