Print and Go Back NFL Nation [Print without images]

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Another DL out for Vikings

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

Get this: Minnesota actually lost three defensive linemen on Tuesday. In addition to the suspensions of defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, which might be subject to a legal injunction, the Vikings won't have reserve defensive end Brian Robison for at least one week.

According to Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune, Robison had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair what was described as a minor injury suffered in Sunday night's 34-14 victory over Chicago. Regardless, Robison will at least miss Sunday's game at Detroit.

So unless the Williamses' suspensions are overturned, the Vikings will have five healthy defensive linemen available for practice: Ends Jared Allen, Ray Edwards and Otis Grigsby, along with tackles Fred Evans and Ellis Wyms. Rookie defensive tackle Letroy Guion has an ankle injury and missed practice time last week.

The Vikings did not work out any defensive linemen Tuesday, but it seems likely they will have to make a several roster moves soon.

I'll be at the Vikings' practice facility all day Wednesday and will keep you updated. Their media availability starts at about 12:45 p.m. ET and practice is set for about 2:30 p.m. ET. Again, there are indications that Kevin Williams and Pat Williams will file for a legal injunction as early as today.

For now, let's take our morning spin around the division: