Vikings Defensive Tackle Kevin Williams Suspended First Two Games of 2011 Season

By Dan Parzych

Back in 2008, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, but as Gregg Rosenthal of pointed out on Friday–the suspension was put on hold due to the long court case of Starcaps. With the regular season a little over a week away, it looks like the Vikings will have to play the first two games without their defensive tackle.

According to the team site, Williams has been suspended without pay for the Vikings first two games against the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Williams will also be fined two additional game checks–but he will eligible to return on September 19.

Here’s an official statement on Williams’ suspension courtesy of the Vikings team site:

Kevin Williams of the Minnesota Vikings has been suspended without pay for the team’s first two games of the 2011 regular season and fined an additional two games checks for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. 

Williams’ suspension begins on Saturday, September 3. He will be eligible to return to the Vikings’ active roster on Monday, September 19 following the team’s September 18 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While he recorded just one sack in 2010, Williams was more effective for the Vikings’ defense the previous two seasons by recording 14.5 sacks. Williams is entering his ninth season with Minnesota.

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