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Williams Wall suspension unlikely in 2010

5/21/2010

Early analysis on Friday's Williams Wall ruling indicates that Minnesota Vikings defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams are almost certain to remain eligible for the entire 2010 season.

In our earlier post, we noted that the players would have to exhaust their legal options this summer in order for their four-game suspensions to apply to the start of the regular season. But Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that appellate cases in Minnesota take an average of nine months to one year for resolution. Assuming that the upcoming appeal follows a similar timetable, the earliest a ruling would come down is February 2011.

That would be more than two years after Kevin Williams and Pat Williams were originally suspended for violating the NFL's anti-doping policy. The original test occurred in August 2008. Freedom and justice for all.