Vikings notes: No ligament damage after low hit on Williams

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS and MARk Craig , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: August 27, 2013 - 9:34 AM

Kevin Williams escaped serious knee damage on a dirty hit in a loss to San Francisco on Sunday night, but it’s unclear if the Vikings veteran defensive tackle will be ready for the season opener Sept. 8.

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balancedtalkAug. 27, 13 3:01 AM

#1. Re: "Williams was moving to his right, away from the play": Away from the direction of play? Wrong! Since when does a defensive player move away from the offensive player with the ball? Williams was moving in the direction of the play, until the last moment when LaMichael James (#23) spontaneously reversed directions and promptly got tackled. In fact, James fell to the turf before Williams did. Review the video clip. Scoggins and Craig, if you are going to report, report accurately and objectively. Don't foster errant thinking in your audience through sloppy reporting. #2. Re: "The Vikings also want the league to determine if Looney’s hit violated the new rule against peel-back blocks.": According to ESPN Minnesota Viking reporter Ben Goessling, "on Monday the NFL determined Looney's hit was legal and did not violate the new rule on peel-back blocks." #3. Coach Frazier's post-MRI media quote, "Kevin was fortunate in that there was no injury to any of his ligaments." My Viewpoint: Looney was in a situation in which he had to make a quick decision about how to handle live-time developments on the field of play. He decided to go low on Williams to break up Williams's pursuit. It is not realistic to think Looney intended the timing of his impact on Williams's right leg to coincide with the leg's extension and foot plant. Looney applied only a moderate force of impact, nothing egregious or brutal. This last point is borne out by two things: (1) Looney's movements and positions in the last several seconds of the slow-mo portion of the video clip, and (2) the fact that there was no ligament damage. In the end, it appears that Looney's choice of how to handle live-time developments on the field of play was a bad judgment call. It looks more like human error and uncoordinated physical performance than anything else. It does NOT look malicious. Nor does it really look to be a "coward" move. It is very regrettable that Williams had to suffer because of Looney's poor performance. Hopefully, Looney has learned a lifetime lesson from this experience. Note: The video clip I'm referring to is a 41-seconds clip, and it was embedded into a yahoo sports article entitled "Kevin Williams upset after getting injured on cheap shot against 49ers (Video)." The Ben Goessling quote was from an ESPN article by Ben entitled "Kevin Williams' knee ligaments OK."

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purplewvAug. 27, 13 4:58 AM

Glad to hear that Williams injury not that bad. I don't understand how that was not against League policy, resulting in a fine or suspension. I thought the League was trying to protect players. If that wasn't a cheap shot, what the he$$ is. GO VIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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