While meeting with reporters early last week, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said his players would have much of the week off to get away from the daily grind and freshen up their minds and bodies. Some players, though, would stick around Winter Park to rehab injuries in an attempt to be as close to 100% as possible at this point in the season.
One of the players who did stick around was DT Pat Williams, who has been dealing with an elbow ailment that forced him out of action in Week 16. Williams returned to the lineup in Week 17 but was listed on the injury report each day prior to that game.
With the Dallas Cowboys and their 3-pronged rushing attack coming to town next weekend for a Divisional Round matchup, Williams’ presence in the lineup and his ability to be a disruptive force will be key to the Vikings defensive effort.
On Friday, Williams stopped by to participate in a live chat on vikings.com. He chatted for 30 minutes with fans and answered a bevy of questions, one of which was about his health. Asked if he was 100% health-wise going into the playoffs, Williams said: “Yes, because this week off helped me out a lot. I came in here to rehab all week and the bye helped out. I’m feeling 100%.”
At this point in the season – after training camp and a 16-game regular season – no one is 100%. But it’s good to know that Williams benefited from the week off and is confident in his ability and health heading into the playoffs.
We’ll know more about Williams’ health – and the health of everyone else – on Wednesday when the Vikings are required to issue their first injury report of the week.
Also, the team will have a short practice today and Childress will meet with the media, so the head coach may delve into injury questions/answers.
Remember that vikings.com will be streaming Childress press conference live today, so be sure to tune in to that. And be sure to keep coming back to vikings.com all week because we’ll have continuing coverage of the Vikings and Cowboys as they gear up for their showdown on Sunday at Mall of America Field.
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