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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Black and Blue all over: The Williams Wall

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

The NFL's StarCaps case should be decided before the 2009 season begins. But not much before.

That's the upshot of Tuesday's news that a Minnesota judge has set a June 15 trial date for Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, along with three New Orleans players (two current and one former), in their lawsuit to prevent four-game suspensions for violating the league's policy on using banned substances.

Absent an out-of-court settlement, the process will drag on for at least the rest of the NFL offseason. The Vikings will be left to guess as they make contingency plans for the possibility of opening the 2009 season with both players suspended, which would be the result if the NFL prevails in the case.

Here are detailed accounts of the situation from Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.

Now let's continue around the NFC North: