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“There’s No Room In The Game For That Kind Of Play.” Vikings Players Upset With Low-blow On Williams.

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By: Aj Mansour |

Minneapolis, MN – We’re now two days removed from Sunday night’s third preseason game and the Vikings players are still hot when talking on the topic of the cheap peel back block that Joe Looney delivered to Kevin Williams during the third quarter of a meaningless game.

Williams, who is officially listed by the team as day-to-day, suffered a hyper extended right knee with a significant bone contusion and capsular strain from the hit. Because of the injury, Williams’ status for the Vikings week one game against the Detroit Lions is officially up in the air.

“That’s just dirty play,” Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop said Tuesday morning. “There’s no room in the game for that kind of play.”

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier shared that the Vikings have submitted a video replay of the specific situation to the league and are seeking explanation as to why the play was not flagged at the moment of infraction. Meanwhile, the league is likely reviewing the play to assess and levy some sort of monetary fine towards Looney.

“I have talked to the NFL about it and they concur that it’s not the type of play that we want in a game for player safety reasons,” Leslie Frazier said Tuesday. “There’s a big emphasis regarding player safety and that play really endangers our player’s safety. It’s not something that the league wants, it’s not something that anyone wants.”

“It’s something that we talked about in our meetings with the league, with the refs before the preseason games started,” linebacker and Vikings alternate player representative Chad Greenway said. “It’s just unnecessary. He wasn’t going to make the play, he wasn’t going to be a part of the play. I understand that guy is trying to earn a job as well but he could have easily just hit him high and didn’t need to go anywhere near that. It could have been any one of us.”

According to reports, Looney unsuccessfully attempted to get in contact with Williams following Sunday’s game.

“You can say what you want about you didn’t mean to hurt him,” Greenway continued. “It’s not like that guy’s never known if you go down to the knees what could happen. We all know what happens when you go down and lay a block like that when a guy’s not looking at you. A peel back block that accomplished nothing.”

With Williams status for week one up in the air, Frazier is turning to his depth to prepare for a scenario in which Williams cannot go against the Lions. Next in line at the nose tackle position, rookie DT Sharrif Floyd who is battling his own injury and missed out on valuable reps in the third preseason bout.

Floyd received a minor procedure last week to relieve pressure in his injured knee and according to Coach Frazier, Sharrif “is close enough where he could probably get a few snaps [on Thursday].” Given the uncertainty surrounding the Williams situation, Floyd will likely be held out of the final preseason game as the team continues to target that September 8th date and week one of the regular season.

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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