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NOTEBOOK: Cheap Shot Sidelines Kevin Williams During Vikings 34-14 Preseason Loss.

By: Aj Mansour |

While preseason football is put in place to prepare teams for the regular season, the number one goal for players across the league remains to escape the preseason healthy. Sunday night in San Francisco, the Minnesota Vikings and defensive tackle Kevin Williams underwent a bit of a scare in this regard.

It was the first drive of the third quarter as defensive coordinator Alan Williams and head coach Leslie Frazier had decided to give their first team defense one more series before shutting them down for the remainder of the preseason. As the 49ers second-team offense was methodically moving the ball down the field, a second-year guard out of Wake Forest, Joe Looney decided to take matters into his own hands and made a dirty play on Vikings tackle Kevin Williams. With Williams five-yards away from the play and not looking, Looney assumed a crouch position and launched himself, helmet first, towards the right knee of Williams. The slow motion replay was pretty gruesome as you can see Williams’ knee hyperextend and Williams crumble down in a heap onto the torn up turf of Candlestick Park.

“That guy took an unnecessary shot to Kevin’s knee,” Vikings defensive end Jared Allen told KFAN on the sidelines during the game.

Causing a stoppage in the play, Williams was attended to by team physicians before he fought his way to hobbling off the field under his own power. Kevin would go on to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines before retiring to the Vikings locker room early for ice treatment.

Joining KFAN for a postgame interview, head coach Leslie Frazier mentioned that he didn’t feel comfortable commenting on Williams status just yet but that they would be getting an MRI on his knee sometime Monday to get more information.

It is likely that the league will take a look at this play and levy some sort of fine against Looney for his dangerous play.

Ponder looks decent as first-team offense finds endzone for first time…
Looking solely at the stat book, Christian Ponder must have had a respectable performance right? After all, he finished the night 17-of-23 with 116 yards and 2 touchdowns. Reading between the lines though, Vikings fans didn’t get much to hang their hat on from Christian.

Ponder did find the endzone twice tonight, first on a rollout pass to FB Zach Line and then on a jump ball to WR Joe Webb, but his ever present “happy feet” made another appearance tonight making the third-year quarterback appear skittish and uncomfortable. Throw in a fumble and an interception (that actually wasn’t his fault) and the concern surrounding the starting quarterback position in Minnesota remains.

At least for Ponder’s sake, backup quarterback Matt Cassel had an even worse night with 3-for-10 passing for only 28 yards. That should silent the Cassel-backers for at least one more week.

Simply a decoy, Peterson retreats to sidelines after one two plays…
All week long, Vikings fans, media members and anybody who wanted to chime in argued about whether it was the right idea to play MVP Adrian Peterson at all in this third preseason game. Sunday night we saw that despite throwing him out there, giving Peterson the rock was never a part of the Vikings plan at all.

Peterson, who had yet to play a snap in the 2013 preseason, took to the field for the team’s first two plays but served only as a decoy as Christian Ponder went play action to AP and aired it out to his receivers for a deep incompletion and a short completion. Then it was to the sidelines for the rest of the evening for AP.

Peterson will not play in the team’s fourth preseason game this Thursday and will begin preparations for week one against the Lions upon returning to Minnesota.

Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings updates and breaking Vikings news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjKFAN

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