DETROIT -- We already knew Kevin Williams would sit out the Vikings' 2013 season opener against the Detroit Lions, but the 32-year-old tackle will be accompanied in street clothes by three Vikings rookies -- linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti, and guard Jeff Baca.
Mauti could have factored in on special teams, but the Vikings have enough other linebackers -- Audie Cole and Larry Dean among them -- who can help there that the rookie will have to wait at least another week to get back into a game that counts for something. His last meaningful action came last November, when he tore his ACL for the third time in college against Indiana. Hodges wore his teammate's No. 42 in the Lions' final home game, and the rest of Mauti's teammates wore a decal with his number on their helmets, to thank him for his leadership in the wake of NCAA sanctions.
Safety Mistral Raymond also sits for the Vikings, after beginning last season as a starter. There aren't many surprises in the rest of the Vikings' inactive list. Here is the full group:
S Mistral Raymond
LB Gerald Hodges
LB Michael Mauti
G Jeff Baca
DT Kevin Williams
One other note on Williams: With the veteran out, Letroy Guion moves from the nose tackle to three-technique spot and gets the start today, with Fred Evans at the nose. We'll see plenty of Sharrif Floyd today, but the Vikings are trying to ease the rookie into his first NFL game, especially after he missed the team's final two preseason games after a knee operation.