The Vikings are still waiting for a ruling on the suspensions of Kevin and Pat Williams.
We may find out as soon as today whether the four-game suspensions of Kevin Williams
and Pat Williams
will take effect Sunday. After being given a temporary restraining order in Hennepin County court, the NFL is seeking to have that restraining order dissolved in federal court. The two sides were scheduled to have their case heard in front of U.S. District Court judge Paul Magnuson at 10:30 a.m. today.
It is expected that Magnuson will rule whether there is sufficient evidence to retain the current restraining order, which would allow the Williamses to play, or remove it, which would leave the door open for their suspensions to begin immediately and be served over the final four games of the regular season.
The temporary restraining order allowed both Pat and Kevin to practice with the team Thursday, lifting hopes that he may be able to play despite the suspensions. The move to get the case out of state court and into federal court was pushed by the league, and the players union wanted to tie the three suspended Saints players into the federal case as well.
The Vikings are once again in a wait-and-see mode as the players practice today not knowing if the Williams Wall will be intact or if it will be sidelined.
The Vikings had to remove someone from the 53-man roster when the Williamses were allowed to return to practice Thursday. In order to make room for DT Jimmy Kennedy, the team released Robert Ferguson. Ferguson was inactive for all but one game in the last month.
Anthony Herrera missed a second day of practice to be with his family following the death of his brother. He is expected back at practice today.
Adrian Peterson has been limited in practice the last two days, primarily as a precaution and nothing said to be injury-related.
The Vikings injury report had Herrera and Brian Robison (knee) as not participating. Peterson, Jared Allen (shoulder), Letroy Guion (ankle), Artis Hicks (elbow), Bryant McKinnie (ankle), Garrett Mills (ankle), Darren Sharper (ankle) and Madieu Williams (shoulder) were all limited. The final injury report will be released later today.
Running back Kevin Smith was limited for the Lions Thursday with a shoulder injury.
In potential future Vikings quarterback news, Eagles QB Donovan McNabb said Thursday that he wants to meet face to face with head coach Andy Reid and owner Jeff Lurie following the season to see what direction the team is heading. If the Eagles struggle down the stretch, the conventional wisdom is that Philadelphia will move on without McNabb.
There is a sense of urgency about getting a decision made on the player suspensions this week because the Saints play Chicago next Thursday night, which could allow New Orleans to squeeze in two games with their suspended players if a decision isn't handed down soon.