Well, it is official. The Williams wall is out for the final 4 games and it is unlikely that the decision will be reversed.
I really think they are unfortunate victims of a strict policy. I do not feel they intentionally ingested a banned substance. Everything seems to point in that direction and StarCaps should be liable for the lost wages.
However, and I say this as a die hard Vikings fan, I do not believe the rule should necessarily be changed. The NFL and Players Association need to do a better job with their banned substances list because this incident obviously hurts the league in general. But if they make exceptions for accidental ingestion, then it opens the door to individuals that are really trying to mask steroids to get away with it.
If in this case NFL executives knew of the banned substance and did not add StarCaps to the list of banned suplements, then the suspension is totally bogus in my mind and officials, not players, should be taking the heat. But that was an accusation that we don't know for sure is true.
I don't think this matters for the Lions game as the Vikes should still win it. With Arizona's putrid rush attack perhaps it only comes into play for goal line stands. But this hurts big time for the Atlanta and Giants games since both teams feature stellar power run games. And of course Kevin is an exceptional pass rusher as well so that hurts in each game.
I just see this as really bad luck for the Vikings that probably reduces our playoff chances by about 50%. What else is new though?
So that's my $0.02 worth, any other thoughts?