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Frazier: 'There's a chance' Kevin Williams makes a week one return

by Andrew Krammer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — San Francisco 49ers’ guard Joe Looney said he “wasn’t trying to take a cheap shot” when he cut an unaware Kevin Williams at the knees during Sunday’s preseason loss.

But that’s not how the Vikings see it.

Linebackers Chad Greenway and Desmond Bishop both said on Tuesday that Looney’s hit was dirty, ridiculous and everything in between.

“You can say what you want about you didn’t mean to hurt him, but the reality is you did that and you didn’t have to,” Greenway said. “And now we have a guy that’s been one of the best at his position for a long time dealing with an injury that he shouldn’t have to deal with.”

The Vikings announced on Monday that a MRI run on Williams’ right knee came back negative for ligament damage, but revealed a significant bone contusion and hyperextension that will sideline him for at least the next week or two before the regular season opener.

Frazier said he had a productive conversation with NFL representatives regarding the hit.

“I have talked to the league about it. They concur it is not the type of play they want in the game,” Frazier said. “That play really endangers our player’s safety. It’s not something the league wants, not something any of us want when trying to make the game safer for our players.”

Greenway, who was fined $21,000 last season for a hit on Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, is skeptical about the NFL’s track record for fining potentially dirty hits on defensive players.

“I think the reality is, if the role was reversed and it was a defensive guy going into a quarterback or a receiver or a high-profile player, you tell me what’s going to happen,” Greenway said. “We’ve seen the fines, you’ve seen what’s gone on in this league. I think you have to be consistent. If you’re going to go down that route, you better be consistent with every player, offense, defense, no matter what number’s on the back of your jersey.”

Defensive end Jared Allen wasn’t happy when speaking after practice Tuesday.

“I’m just saying, be consistent. How is he not a defenseless player? You go back and look at that play and tell me he’s not a defenseless player,” Allen said. “He has no idea that that guy was there. He could have hit [Williams] in the chest, and he chose to duck down and hit his knee. … Needless to say, I’m a little upset about it. … To intentionally take someone’s knee out, to me is just dirty.”

Allen was fined $21,000 by the league last season for a block he threw during an Antoine Winfield interception return. His hit ended guard Lance Louis’ season.

Allen claimed at the time and again Tuesday that he had no intent to go after Louis’ knee.

“My problem with this play [against Williams] is its intent. He ducked down and hit him in the knee, it was intent to hit him in the knee. If the league can’t see that, they can fine me for this because that’s absurd.”

Looney wasn’t a known player before his hit on Williams, but Bishop, a six-year NFL veteran, said there’s no benefit in hitting someone that low.

“It was definitely dirty. I feel there’s no room in the game for that type of play,” Bishop said. “That’s just the attitude of an individual. I don’t think it has anything to do with being late in the game and making a roster, because that won’t help you, that will get you cut faster.”

The best-case scenario is to have Williams back by the Vikings’ regular season opener at the Detroit Lions on Sept. 8.

“There’s a chance,” Frazier said.

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