BBAO: Vikings get Kevin Williams back

September, 20, 2011
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We're Black and Blue All Over:

One underplayed factor in the Minnesota Vikings' defensive collapse in the second half of their first two games: They have been without veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who was serving a two-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on banned substances.

Could Williams have made a difference? Did the domino effect of one less established veteran in the rotation play a role in what has happened, especially during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 24-point second half Sunday?

We'll never know for sure, but getting Williams back this week is only going to help.

Williams, via Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune: "Not to be able to [play] is a terrible feeling. So it was real difficult watching, especially the way it unfolded in both of those games."

Williams admitted he is still feeling the lingering affects of plantar fasciitis in his foot and that it is not 100 percent. But, he said: "I'm definitely going to play. Sitting at home two weeks was bad enough. The foot ain't going to stop me.''

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