Updated: May 20th, 2011 8:28pm
Notebook: Pat Williams says it's '50-50' now he'll return to Vikings

Notebook: Pat Williams says it's '50-50' now he'll return to Vikings

by Tom Pelissero
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HINCKLEY, Minn. -- After multiple conversations with coach Leslie Frazier, Pat Williams is backing off his declaration he's done with the Minnesota Vikings.

"It's like 50-50 now," the veteran nose tackle said as he went to his seat before teammate Ray Edwards' professional boxing debut on Friday night.

"It's 50-50. I talked to Frazier. Frazier got some stuff straight, so it's like 50-50."

Williams, 38, told a reporter in March he planned to continue his career elsewhere, in part because he "just don't trust everybody over there no more."

A few weeks later, Frazier said he had cleared the air with Williams -- an unrestricted free agent whenever the NFL lockout ends -- who said on Friday that Frazier called again when the lockout was lifted briefly last month.

"He said, 'Just calm down, we're going to get everything straight,'" Williams said. "I said, 'OK, coach.'"

Asked who in the organization he doesn't trust, Williams hesitated before saying, "It's just guys up in the office, man. You know how the front office is. It's just certain guys up in the office.

"I don't have a problem with Coach Frazier. Me and Coach Frazier talked. We talked a lot of times. It's just people up in the office, man. With a lockout going on now, it's all the same. Business."

Health watch

After undergoing surgery to repair a torn triceps after the season, Williams said he was cleared recently to resume lifting weights.

Kevin Williams had arthroscopic knee surgery and is "coming along," he said. "Training and getting ready, whenever we're going to play."

Suspension update

Whether either play is available for the first game remains to be seen. Both Williamses are facing four-game suspensions after the Minnesota Supreme Court declined last month to consider the latest appeal in their long-running anti-doping case.

"We're hoping everything gets solved ... so we don't get suspended," Pat Williams said. "But if we do, we do."

Kevin Williams, who has been working out during the lockout in Arkansas with Seattle tackle Stacy Andrews, said he hasn't heard anything definitive. He joked that "with all this going on, maybe they'll forget about (the suspension) and we can go on with our regular work.

"If it happens, it happens," Williams added. "I found a great place to work out in Little Rock. I'll be there getting ready and see you in Week 5 if that's the case."

Quick hits

• Rookie quarterback Christian Ponder is organizing a four-day passing camp next month in Florida. But Kevin Williams said he hasn't heard anything about getting the rest of the team together. "I've been rehabbing my knee and trying to get that stronger," he said. "We might get together some time but right now I haven't talked with anybody."

• Several current and former Vikings sat together at a table throughout the six-bout card. Those spotted included Antoine Winfield, Eric Frampton, E.J. Henderson, Jasper Brinkley, Fred Evans, Tarvaris Jackson, Everson Griffen and Jayme Mitchell, who was traded to Cleveland last season.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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