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Half of Williams Wall out for 2 to 6 weeks


Half of Williams Wall out for 2 to 6 weeks
If the Vikings are going to continue their late-season surge into the playoffs, they will have to do it without defensive tackle Pat Williams.


Williams will miss anywhere from two to six weeks with a fractured shoulder, leaving the Vikings (9-5) without their best run stopper as they prepare to face the Falcons and Giants -- two best rushing teams in the league -- with a playoff berth hanging in the balance.

"He's a different kind of cat and a tough one at that," coach Brad Childress said.

Williams was hurt Sunday in a 35-14 rout of Arizona. The Vikings need only one more victory or a Bears loss in the final two weeks to capture their first NFC North title.

Backup Fred Evans will get most of the snaps in Williams' place.

"If there is anything I know about Pat, he'll be ready," Evans said when asked if he thought Williams would be back for the playoffs. "Until that time, I'm going to hold it down the same way he did."

Philly still fighting: Written off last month, the resurgent Eagles are making a strong playoff push. Donovan McNabb threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns, Asante Samuel scored on an interception return and Philadelphia beat the struggling Browns 30-10 Monday night for their third straight win.

The Eagles (8-5-1) have to win their final two games -- at Washington and home against Dallas -- and need Atlanta or Tampa Bay to lose once to secure a playoff berth.

Extra points: Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd was hospitalized overnight in Kansas City after sustaining a collapsed lung in Sunday's comeback victory against the Chiefs. He caught a 4-yard touchdown pass with 1:13 left. ... Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (knee) and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin) will miss the final two games of the regular season. Coach Jeff Fisher said he expects both back for the playoffs. ... Carl Peterson, who turned the Chiefs into an NFL powerhouse in the 1990s, has resigned after nearly 20 years as president, CEO and general manager, effective at the end of the season. ... Cornerback Corey Webster signed a five-year, $43 million contract extension with the Giants.

Kiffin conspiracy? Interim Raiders coach Tom Cable lashed out at assistant offensive line coach James Cregg for leaving with two games left in the season and joining ex-Oakland coach Lane Kiffin's staff at Tennessee. Cregg told Cable of his decision to depart the Raiders on Sunday night.

"It's wrong," Cable said. "You don't do that. You never quit. I don't care what it is. You don't quit."

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay's longtime defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin ended weeks of speculation by confirming he will leave the Buccaneers at the end of this season for a position on his son's college staff.

Compiled by Ed Cavanaugh from Tribune news services.



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: December 16, 2008

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