Williams’ status for Sunday to be game-time decision

January 1st, 2009 – 3:37 PM by Judd Zulgad

After reading off his four-person injury report following the Vikings practice Thursday, coach Brad Childress took a look at the Eagles’ 12-person report and said “that’s like Belichick-esque right there.” It was a good-natured shot at Childress’ former boss, Eagles coach Andy Reid, and a reference to how many players Patriots coach Bill Belichick often puts on his injury report.

Informed that Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel had joined the list, Childress joked, “the more the merrier.”

The Vikings injury report included defensive end Ray Edwards (knee), nose tackle Pat Williams (shoulder), wide receiver Bernard Berrian (ankle) and right tackle Artis Hicks (triceps). Edwards did not practice and is not expected to play Sunday. The other three were limited.

Williams, a Pro Bowl run-stopper, has missed the past two games because of a broken right shoulder blade and practiced for the first time on Monday. Childress said Williams’ soreness was “not so bad,” but it was “the range of motion thing.”

“He’s going to try to do a little bit more every time he comes out here,” Childress said. “It’s probably truly a game-time decision thing. That’s about all I can say about it.” Childress said Wednesday that Williams could do more damage to the shoulder blade if he plays. Thus, it would not be surprising to see him held out Sunday against an Eagles team that doesn’t run the ball all that much.



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