Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier confirmed after Friday's practice that Williams would be unable to play against the Lions in the season opener. Frazier did say he expects Williams to be ready for the second game of the season against the Chicago Bears.
Williams was hit low by 49ers offensive lineman Joe Looney on a play the NFL deemed legal, but a majority of NFL fans considered dirty. Williams was a solid 10 yards away from the play when Joe Looney lowered his helmet and stuck Williams in the side of the knee. The Vikings and Williams are lucky no ligament damage was done.
The injury of Williams likely gives Sharrif Floyd, the 23rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the start. Sharrif was limited in the preseason, playing only two of the Vikings' four preseason games due to a knee injury of his own. A product of Florida, Sharrif has no "ill effects" according to Frazier.
According to Chip Scoggins, Kevin Williams said, "he will be shocked if he doesn't play next week."
At this time, Kevin Williams is the only Minnesota Viking that is ruled out for the game. It is likely the Vikings will activate Chase Baker for the opening game with Kevin Williams ruled out. Baker spent the 2012 season on the Vikings' practice squad.
Other Injury News
- Lions' defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, the 5th overall pick in the 2013 Draft, missed practice on Wednesday with a concussion. Anasah practiced on a limited bases on Thursday and Friday and is "hopeful" to play against the Vikings in Week 1.
- Vikings' cornerback Chris Cook, who left the third preseason game with a stiff groin, has been a full participant in practice this week.
- Sharrif Floyd (knee), Letroy Guion (finger), Phil Loadholt (knee), Cordarrelle Patterson (back), Mistral Raymond (shoulder), and Harrison Smith (back) were all limited at least once this week and should be probable heading into Week 1.
Dennis Parsons is a Minnesota-area sportswriter covering the Minnesota Vikings for Vikings Central.
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