Vikings' suspensions help Cardinals' run game

December, 2, 2008
12/02/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The NFL's decision to suspend six players for four games apiece should help the Cardinals jump-start their ground game.

Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, the Vikings' often-immovable defensive tackles, were among the six players suspended. That means neither will play when Minnesota visits University of Phoenix Stadium for a Week 15 game against the Cardinals.

The other suspended players -- Charles Grant, Will Smith and Deuce McAllister of the Saints and Bryan Pittman of the Texans -- do not face NFC West teams over the final four games.

The suspensions also disqualify the six players from consideration for the Pro Bowl, which could help the Cardinals' Darnell Dockett earn a spot. Both Williamses earned Pro Bowl berths after the 2007 season. Dockett participated in the game as an alternate after the Bears' Tommie Harris withdrew from the game.

(Note: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that at least one player is planning to file for an injunction in U.S. District Court on Wednesday morning.)

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