Grant, Smith could face suspensions next week

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

Although Minnesota’s Kevin and Pat Williams had a victory Friday in their lingering battle to avoid suspensions, it doesn’t sound like that’s going to help New Orleans defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant.

A federal appeals court ruled the two Vikings can ask a state court to overturn four-game NFL suspensions by claiming a violation of Minnesota drug-testing laws. Grant and Smith have been cleared to play in Sunday’s opener against Detroit, but the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the judges upheld a previous ruling that the NFL didn’t violate any federal laws with the suspensions.

That could clear the way for Grant and Smith to be suspended early next week.