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According to Darin Gantt of, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier informed the media after Friday's practice that defensive tackle Kevin Williams is ruled out to play Sunday against the Lions. He was injured when 49ers backup guard Joe Looney delivered a dirty hit to William's knee. There was no damage from the hit, however, his knee was hyperextended. Gantt writes: 'His absence likely means rookie Sharrif Floyd will start, though he didn’t get much work in the preseason because of his own knee issues.'

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