EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams was back on the practice field on Wednesday for the first time since he injured his right knee on a low block from San Francisco's Joe Looney on Aug. 25. The six-time Pro Bowler said last week he was shooting to return for the Vikings' game against the Bears this Sunday, and it would appear Williams is still on pace to do that.
"Glad to have him back," coach Leslie Frazier said. "Hopefully everything will go fine with him this week and we'll have him on Sunday as well."
The Vikings certainly looked like they missed Williams last Sunday in Detroit, when Lions running back Reggie Bush ran for 90 yards and posted 101 more as a receiver, slicing through the middle of the Vikings' defense on a series of screen passes. Sharrif Floyd and Letroy Guion played much of the game at the three-technique tackle position, with Everson Griffen rushing from there on passing downs. With Williams back, though, the Vikings will be able to run the full defensive tackle rotation they expected to have before the season started.
Williams' return meant every Vikings player was on the field during the portion of practice open to reporters. That included center John Sullivan, who bruised his left knee on a low block from Detroit's Ndamukong Suh on Sunday.