The bad news is the Vikings are off to a 0-2 start on the young season and they haven’t had perennial Pro Bowler Kevin Williams at DT to try and stop the bleeding. The good news, though, is Williams’ suspension is over and he’s returned to the team.
Williams was back at Winter Park for the first time in two weeks and he’ll begin preparations along with his teammates for this weekend’s NFC North showdown with the red-hot Detroit Lions. Williams met with reporters at his locker on Monday and, as mild-mannered as Williams is, you could tell he was anxious to be back around the team.
“I was here on my couch, yelling at the screen,” Williams said when asked where he’s spent the past two weeks.
The suspension meant Williams was unable to play the first two weeks, but he was also prohibited from being at Winter Park and interacting with players and coaches. Williams said he set up independent treatment for his injured foot and also worked out on his own at Lifetime Fitness.
“I’m in pretty good shape,” Williams said. “I’m ready to play a game. I know it’s going to be a different feeling when those pads get on, but I think as far as conditioning-wise I feel good. The wind will probably get cut short a little bit with the pads strapped around you, but it’ll take a few plays to get a second wind and it’ll be fine.”
Williams is a true professional, so there should be no concern about him coming back in good shape. The one issue to watch is his injured foot. Williams says he’s about as close to 100% as he can be at this time of year and he also indicated confidence that he’ll be able to play through any pain that comes as a result of the injury.
“I’m definitely going to play,” Williams said. “Sitting at home two weeks was bad enough; the foot ain’t gonna stop me.”
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