On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings kickoff the 2013 NFL season in Detroit against the Lions. On Friday we learned that the Vikings would be without one of their top players for the season opener. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams has been ruled out for this Sunday’s game against Detroit by head coach Leslie Frazier as he recovers from a hyper-extended knee.
Ready or not, here it comes for Minnesota Vikings rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. Kevin Williams’ right knee injury will keep him out of the season opener against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. That means Floyd will be thrust into a prominent role in the middle of the Vikings defense.
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams was the only Minnesota Vikings to miss practice Thursday. Safety Harrison Smith and McLeod Bethel-Thompson were the only players to have their practice status change from Wednesday to Thursday. Three players were full participants both days despite injuries and five were limited both days.
Question No. 1 for week one — will Kevin Williams play for the Vikings? If he doesn’t, is first round pick Sharrif Floyd ready? “For us, it’s more about this first game and concentrating on getting this win on the road – this is so important,” Leslie Frazier said.
The Minnesota Vikings claimed former Chicago Bears offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb and released Troy Kropog Sunday. Head coach Leslie Frazier said that he would talk about injuries on Wednesday, including the right knee of Kevin Williams. The Vikings filled their practice squad roster with eight players.
There is plenty of reason to be optimistic about the upcoming Minnesota Vikings season, which starts Sept. 8 at Detroit, followed by a Sept. 15 match-up at Chicago. But one CBS expert isn’t convinced and thinks the Vikings will miss the playoffs this year.
There’s a fair amount of young and talented Vikings, but which will have the biggest year in 2013?
As players report to training camp on Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings have announced they’ve signed all three of their first-round draft picks. The Vikings started by signing their top draft choice, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, Thursday morning.
Kevin Williams is still with the Minnesota Vikings, 10 years after they made him the ninth overall pick in the NFL draft. Williams has played through all kinds of ups and downs. The most recent low point was the pay cut the burly defensive tackle was asked to take two months ago. Staying with the team, though, was more important to Williams than pride.
Minnesota Vikings President Mark Wilf says the team headquarters was electrified on Friday afternoon when the team’s three first-round draft choices entered the building.