EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Vikings have ruled out six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kevin Williams for their season opener on Sunday, but Williams should be the only player the Vikings are missing against the Detroit Lions, coach Leslie Frazier said.
Safety Harrison Smith was a full participant in practice on both Thursday and Friday after a back injury limited him on Wednesday, and the five other players who had been limited on Wednesday and Thursday -- defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee), offensive tackle Phil Loadholt (knee), wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (back), safety Mistral Raymond (shoulder) and defensive tackle Letroy Guion (finger) -- practiced in full on Friday.
Floyd, who had minor knee surgery after the Vikings' second preseason game, could see plenty of action on Sunday in his NFL debut, though Guion and Fred Evans could also slide over from the nose tackle spot to help Floyd at the three-technique tackle position.
"We expected to play (Floyd) in this game based on some of the things we had seen over the spring along with training camp," Frazier said.." He had done a good job prior to his injury so we were confident with what he was able to do. Now when the injury came, we had to kind of get back in the rotation and see how he would do. But he’s doing fine. It was part of the plan to always play him and play him a number of snaps in this ball game."