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“He Needs A Little Bit More Time.” Kevin Williams Ruled OUT For Sunday’s Game

By: Aj Mansour |

Minneapolis, MN – As the Vikings finished their final preparations at Winter Park before boarding their plane and heading to Detroit, Coach Leslie Frazier announced that the team would officially be without DT Kevin Williams this Sunday against the Lions.

“We didn’t practice him today,” Frazier said of Williams. “He needs a little bit more time.”

Williams, who suffered a deep bone contusion and a hyper-extension of the PCL in his right knee during the Vikings third preseason game, has yet to return to practice but is reportedly making good progress on his rehabilitation to get back on the field.

“I’m glad to be off that crutch,” Williams told me Friday afternoon. “I was on a crutch last week, so it’s a big improvement [to be walking on my own]…the swelling is out, now we’ve just got to kind of let the injury heal.”

Williams, 33 years old, hasn’t missed a game due to injury since his third season in the league, 2005. Since then, he’s been the anchor of a Vikings defensive unit that has regularly been near the top of the league. If the circumstances were a little different, he would probably even try to give it a go against the Lions.

“I could probably try to play this week,” Williams said. “But what’s the sense in trying to do that and miss four [games] more after.”

Coach Frazier wasn’t ready to name a replacement for Williams on Friday afternoon but said that it would likely be a “mix” of players including Letroy Guion, Fred Evans, Everson Griffen and rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.

Floyd was drafted late in the first round of the 2013 draft and by most accounts will be Williams’ replacement when he is ready to hang it up. For this season, Floyd will back up Williams when Kevin returns to the field, but the two have been teaming up to create a seamless transition whether it be in the midst of a game or during the offseason.

“I’ve been in the meetings and pointing out some things for him to check out in the game,” Williams said Friday. “We drafted him first round for a reason, I mean he can play.”

As for Williams’ immediate future, both he and Frazier are optimistic that Kevin will be back on the practice field next week with the team and ready to assume his regular position starting when the Vikings take on the Bears for a week two matchup in Chicago.

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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