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Vikes Lose Standout DT

The Minnesota Vikings will be without defensive tackle Pat Williams for two to six weeks because of a fractured shoulder suffered during Sunday's triumph over the Arizona Cardinals.

Williams and the team's other standout defensive tackle, Kevin Williams, just were given reprieves by a federal judge who blocked the NFL's four-game suspensions of them for testing positive for a banned diuretic contained in a weight-loss product. Those suspensions are on hold, likely until after the season and playoffs, while U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson readies to hear arguments in the case. The players' union filed a lawsuit challenging the suspensions.

But now the Vikings could be without Pat Williams for the remainder of the season, anyway. The injury is ill-timed for the Vikings. They've won four straight games and lead the NFC North but close the regular season by facing the teams with the league's two top-ranked rushing offenses, the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants.

By Mark Maske  |  December 15, 2008; 8:01 PM ET  | Category:  Vikings Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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