The Vikings are receiving some good news regarding defensive tackle Kevin Williams. An MRI revealed he has a hyperextended right knee and bone contusion but no ligament damage. Williams suffered the injury in Sunday’s 34-14 preseason loss in San Francisco. The six-time Pro Bowler racked up 30 tackles and two sacks while starting all 16 games last season. Early estimates are that he could be back within three-to-six weeks. Had he torn ligaments in the knee, he could have missed the entire season.
Vikings’ Felton Suspended Three Games
Vikings fullback Jerome Felton is being suspended three games without pay for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The suspension stems from a DUI arrest last year. Felton is eligible to participate in Thursday’s preseason finale against Tennessee but won’t be able to return the active roster until September 23rd after the Vikings’ Week Three game against Cleveland.
Vikings Release Several Players
The Vikings have released wide receivers LaMark Brown, Erik Highsmith and Chris Summers, guard Tyler Holmes, defensive ends Lawrence Jackson and Marquis Jackson, linebacker Stanford Keglar, cornerbacks Greg McCoy and Roderick Williams, running backs Bradley Randle and Jerodis Williams, quarterback James Vandenberg and center Camden Wentz. Minnesota hosts Tennessee in the final exhibition game of the year on Thursday night at the Metrodome. Kickoff is 7 p.m.