Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  By BRIAN HALL  |  Last updated 9/6/13

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 2: Defensive tackle Kevin Williams #93 of the Minnesota Vikings greets his teammates during player introductions before a game against the Atlanta Falcons on October 2, 2005 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons won 30-10. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Kevin Williams, the anchor of the Minnesota Vikings defensive line for the past 10 years, has been ruled out for Sunday's regular-season opener at Detroit because of a knee injury suffered in the third preseason game. Williams, 33, is still dealing with a bone bruise from taking a low hit from San Francisco 49ers backup offensive lineman Joe Looney on Aug. 25 on what the Vikings felt was a "dirty" hit, though the league ruled the play was legal. Looney turned back to block an unsuspecting Williams with a chop block and Williams' right knee hyperextended. Williams hasn't practiced since the hit, but was walking on his own Friday in Minnesota's locker room, free from the crutch he used last week, and said he's "real hopeful" he will play the following week at Chicago. "It did bruise the bone pretty bad and then it did have the hyperextension on the (posterior cruciate ligament)," Williams said. "It all got to kind of work together and heal up. The swelling is...
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