Six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kevin Williams will not play because when the Minnesota Vikings open their season against the Detroit Lions on Sunday in Detroit.
The Vikings on Friday ruled Williams out of the opener because of a hyperextended right knee. Minnesota is hoping he will be completely recovered for the Sept. 15 game against the Chicago Bears, the Pioneer Press reported.
He was unable to practice at all this week.
Williams said he could have played if he had to, but did not want to risk a more serious or further injury.
"What's the use in trying to do that and then you miss four more (games)?" Williams asked.
Williams suffered a bone bruise and a posterior capsular strain on a controversial low block against the San Francisco 49ers on Aug. 25.
The 32-year-old Williams has missed only four games in his career and two were because of suspension.