Appeals court rules Vikings' Williamses can play full seasonMinnesota Sports - A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for Minnesota Vikings Pat Williams and Kevin Williams to play all season, despite the NFL's attempts to suspend them for violating the league's anti-doping policy.
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MINNEAPOLIS - A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for Minnesota Vikings Pat Williams and Kevin Williams to play all season, despite the NFL's attempts to suspend them for violating the league's anti-doping policy.
The NFL had already said the two defensive tackles could play in Sunday's season-opener at Cleveland because their court fight over the suspensions would not be decided in time.
"It's a big sigh of relief to know we're going to get to play the whole season," Kevin Williams said. "We were looking forward to Cleveland not knowing what the future may hold. But it's great to get if off of our shoulders in the season and know we can deal with it in the offseason."
A Minnesota judge ruled that Pat and Kevin Williams of the Minnesota Vikings will be able to participate in the 2009 NFL season on Wednesday, though more rulings in the case are still pending.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Hennepin County District Court Judge Gary Larson ruled the lawsuit brought on by the players against the league, challenging its anti-doping policy, will be delayed in state court until the end of the season.
However, a federal court could take jurisdiction over the suit in the interim. The paper reported the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to rule in the case on August 18.