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Updated: August 25th, 2013 10:42pm
Kevin Williams, Chris Cook exit early in Vikings preseason loss

Kevin Williams, Chris Cook exit early in Vikings preseason loss

by Andrew Krammer
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Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams had a noticeable limp after taking an unexpected low block, that was away from the play, in the third quarter of a preseason loss at the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Coach Leslie Frazier said this week he didn't want to overwork Williams, but still rode him with the first-team defense through the start of the second half.

"From what I understand, it was a dirty play," defensive end Jared Allen told NBC's Michele Tafoya during the game. "It sucks."

Williams did not return, but watched most of the second half from the sidelines before going into the locker room to ice his injured leg. San Francisco guard Joe Looney had the questionable block that landed Williams on the bench.

It is unclear what the league will do, but the NFL has sought out and fined lesser aggressions in the past.

Cook leaves

Cornerback Chris Cook left in the first quarter with an injured groin.

With yet another injury, Cook faces his most repetitive obstacle before the regular season even kicks off. In his fourth season, Cook is looked upon to be the leader of the cornerback unit despite not starting more than 10 games in any of his three seasons.

Cornerback A.J. Jefferson filled in for Cook as the Vikings kept in their base defense for most of the game.

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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