Vikings coach Brad Childress said he is listing safety Madieu Williams as doubtful for Sunday’s game because of a left shoulder injury.
Williams said he injured his shoulder when he fell down during the special-teams portion of practice on Wednesday. He called it a “freak” injury.
“I was just kind of going for the ball and took a nasty fall,” Williams said. “It’s kind of unfortunate but there are worse things that could happen. I just have to bounce back.”
Williams has played in two games after missing the first seven games because of a neck injury. He said he is not frustrated by this latest injury.
“You know what, there is a lot of things that have happened in my life where this is nothing to me,” he said. “I’m very resilient. I’m going to just keep fighting. Whatever happens I’m just going to take it as it comes.”
Rookie Tyrell Johnson would start in Williams’ place if he can’t play. Johnson filled in for him the first seven games.
– Childress said the team still has not made a roster move to fill Charles Gordon’s spot. Childress said he was planning to meet with vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman later this afternoon about it. Childress said the team has until Saturday afternoon to make a move, but he said it’s not unusual for teams to carry less than 53 on the active roster because only 45 players can be up on game day.
Update: Tampa Bay’s injury report for Friday: Safety Jermaine Phillips (forearm), out; right end Alex Smith (ankle), doubtful; linebacker Derrick Brooks (knee), probable; running back Earnest Graham (knee), questionable; quarterback Brian Griese (right elbow), doubtful; defensive lineman Jimmy Wilkerson (illness), practiced today and should play; fullback B.J. Askew (hamstring), questionable; running back Warrick Dunn (back), questionable; wide receiver Ike Hilliard (shoulder), questionable; and defensive tackle Jovan Haye (foot), probable.