Kevin Williams may not like the fact that he has to play the next two games for free, but at least he gets to play. On Tuesday the Vikings officially reinstated Williams from the suspended list, and to make way for him on the roster, waived DE Adrian Awasom. Because of accumulated games played with both the Giants and Vikings, Awasom is not eligible for the practice squad.
Williams presence will certainly help bolster a defensive line that has faded in the second half of both Vikings losses. However, for the first time in many years, Kevin will not line up beside Pat Williams, the man with whom he teamed to form one of the NFL’s most fearsome defensive tackle tandems.
Williams was originally given a four game suspension for violating the league’s banned substances policy, but that suspension was reduced to two after an adjustment to the policy under the new CBA. Much to Williams’ chagrin, he will still have to pay a fine equal to two game checks. Let’s hope Williams gives maximum effort even though he is technically being paid nothing for this week’s game against Detroit.
Preseason phenom Awasom leaves the team after playing in just one game. A knee injury kept him out of the Buccaneers game, and one can only assume that injury played a part in the Vikings’ decision to cut him loose.