Latest Williams Wall ruling coming on Friday
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The Minnesota Vikings will know more about the status of their standout defensive tackles' long-delayed suspensions in less than 48 hours.
According to the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press, Hennepin County Judge Gary Larson is scheduled to reveal at 10 a.m. Friday whether he'll extend the temporary injunction that has allowed Kevin Williams and Pat Williams to play the past two seasons while their appeals are heard in the StarCaps case.
In another development, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello strongly suggested to the Pioneer Press the league would not allow the Williamses to serve their four-game suspensions consecutively -- the same issue I asked Aiello about a couple of weeks ago and didn't get a straight answer.
UPDATE, 5:23 p.m.: Aiello e-mailed me this clarification: "There is no precedent for it (for consecutive suspensions). We are not making any announcements regarding suspensions today. I am referring to history and how the program works." Translation: it hasn't happened before and probably won't this time either ... but never say never.
Earlier today, coach Brad Childress suggested that, if the Williamses indeed are suspended, the Vikings would go with an in-house Plan B.
"It's not like we are going to come out and defensive tackles are going to drop out of the sky," Childress said. "There's the guys on our football team, and they understand with the number of guys that we have that those will be the first guys to step up.
"Will we need to go out and grab somebody else? That remains to be seen. (Letroy) Guion is maturing in there. Jimmy Kennedy obviously did a great job for us last year. Fred Evans played a little bit more in the system. Those are good players."