Vikings waive Ferguson; the return of the Williamses

December 4th, 2008 – 3:34 PM by Judd Zulgad

The Vikings waived wide receiver Robert Ferguson today in order to get their roster to 53 players. The team signed defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy on Wednesday after Kevin and Pat Williams were suspended. But with the Williamses now reinstated, the roster was at 54 players. Ferguson’s departure took care of that issue. (By the way, both Pat and Kevin Williams declined to speak to reporters.)

Ferguson, signed late in training camp in 2007, had caught only three passes for 25 yards this season and was inactive for four games. He suited up for Sunday night’s game against Chicago after not playing in the previous four games.

Childress said he could bring Ferguson back if the Williamses ended up being suspended again in the coming days. “I talked to him about a few different things,” Childress said.

Talking about the return of the Williamses, Childress remains unsure if the Pro Bowl defensive tackles will be eligible to play by Sunday. Asked if he has any concern that the two might be cleared by the courts to play now and end up having to serve suspensions during the playoffs, Childress said: “No, just because we’re in the now this week and they’ve done what they’ve done. You can’t be kind of in, you’re in or you’re out. This is where we are today.”

Childress called the Williamses court case “their decision” and said the two players have not asked him for advice. Childress admitted he has an opinion on his feeling about the Williamses decision to go to court but he refused to share it.  

As for the fact Childress and the Vikings are rooting for the Williamses to win a case that pits them against the NFL, the league to which the Vikings belong, Childress said: ”It’s different. It’s unusual, based on years of history. It’s no different preparing your football team and the guys that show up. You coach the guys that show up. So from that standpoint, no.”

Other notes:

– Right guard Anthony Herrera remains away from the team after his older brother passed away this week. “I expect him to be back tomorrow,” Childress said.

– Running back Adrian Peterson was limited in practice today after sitting out Wednesday. Childress said Peterson’s workload today was “my decision, just to kind of put him through the paces and limit him.” Peterson limped off the field twice during Sunday night’s game against Chicago after appearing to hurt his knee. Peterson admitted he took “a lot of shots” Sunday, adding he was “a little beat up.”

– Here’s the injury report for today:

  • Vikings: RB Adrian Peterson (not injury related), limited participation; DE Brian Robison (knee), did not participate; RG Anthony Herrera (not injury related), DNP; DE Jared Allen (shoulder), limited; DT Letroy Guion (ankle), limited; RT Artis Hicks (elbow), limited; LT Bryant McKinnie (ankle), limited; TE Garrett Mills (ankle), limited; safety Darren Sharper (ankle), limited; S Madieu Williams (shoulder), limited.
  • Detroit: DT Chuck Darby (calf), DNP; LB Alex Lewis (pectoral), DNP; QB Dan Orlovsky (right hand), DNP; DT Cory Redding (knee), limited; QB Drew Stanton (concussion), limited; DE Dewayne White (calf), DNP; WR Shaun McDonald (ankle), DNP; G Stephen Peterman (knee), full participation; CB Keith Smith (groin), limited; RB Kevin Smith (shoulder), limited. 



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