It is becoming more apparent that if the NFL is going to suspend any of the players involved in the StarCaps scandal, it will be done either today or early next week. With the Vikings awaiting the fate of Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, the wait is going to be one that they are anxiously dreading.
Conventional wisdom has it that, if the league is going to hand down suspensions, they don't want to wait until the teams of the players in question start installing their game plan for the next week. As a result, suspensions are typically handed down on Monday or Tuesday (the players' off-day). With the Saints, who also had players involved, playing on Monday night, it's possible that game delayed an announcement for all.
Because there are only five games left in the regular season and the proposed suspensions are for four games, there are many who believe that if four-game suspensions are going to be handed down, the league will do so for the final four games of the regular season. Last year when Ray Edwards was suspended for four games, they came in the final four games of the regular season. Edwards told Viking Update that he didn't appeal his suspension because he wanted to be available if the Vikings made the playoffs. The Williamses' case is already under appeal. The league has tried to avoid extending suspensions into the following year because it usually doesn't want to extend a suspension from one season into the next if possible.
What does that mean? The Williams Wall may be left intact for one more week – critical considering that the Vikings have a must-win game vs. the Bears for sole possession of first place coming up Sunday night. There is evidence that the league will stand by its guns and maintain its zero-tolerance policy concerning banned substances under the steroids policy – that a player is responsible for anything he puts into his body. Expect to see one of two things – either an announcement made in the next 24 hours or an announcement to be made next Tuesday.