Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Kevin, Pat Williams OK to play in Week 1
By Kevin Seifert
Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams will be eligible to play this weekend at Cleveland regardless of the state of their legal case against the NFL, a league spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
Both players have sued the NFL to overturn a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on banned substances. They are awaiting a ruling this week from the U.S. Court of Appeals that will determine whether their case can proceed in Minnesota state court. But regardless of that ruling, the league will not enforce a suspension for the Vikings' game Sunday at Cleveland.
The crux of the players' lawsuit is that the NFL's testing policy violated Minnesota state labor laws. The NFL contends that only federal laws should apply.
The Star Tribune of Minneapolis first reported the news.
Kevin Seifert covers the NFC North for ESPN.com.