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Pat Williams plans to play

December 30th, 2008 – 12:39 PM by Judd Zulgad

Pro Bowl nose tackle Pat Williams said the plan is for him to play Sunday in the Vikings’ opening round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Williams has missed the past two games because of a broken right scapula suffered on Dec. 14 at Arizona. Coach Brad Childress said that Williams would miss two-to-six weeks but a realistic expectation was that he would be out a month. Sunday will mark three weeks since he suffered the injury.

Appearing on KFAN Radio today, Williams expressed optimism he would be able to play against the Eagles and said he no longer has any pain in the shoulder area. Williams’ return would be a major boost for a Vikings run defense that ranked first in the NFL for a third consecutive season.

Meanwhile, there appears a very real chance defensive end Ray Edwards could miss Sunday’s game because of an injury to his left knee. Edwards had an MRI on the knee Monday and the results still have not been announced. If Edwards can’t play, Brian Robison would start at left end.

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