Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams went down with what looked like an ugly knee injury in the second half of Sunday's 34-14 preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He was hurt on a low block by 49ers backup guard Joe Looney.
"I was just upset that I'm getting cut 11 years in (the NFL) from a guy who I don't even know," Williams said, per The Star Tribune. "I figure between the pain and the fact he cut me when I wasn't looking was my reaction."
Running down a broken play in which 49ers running back LaMichael James threatened to reverse field, Williams was moving across the hashes when Looney threw a low block that Williams never saw coming. This is a case of why big-time players see the field sparingly in preseason games.
The Vikings will await MRI results, but if Williams is unable to open the season, rookie first-round pick Sharrif Floyd would be thrust into the starting group. After the draft, it appeared the Vikings could bring Floyd along slowly, but that plan might be accelerated.
UPDATE: Frazier announced Monday in a team statement that Williams hyperextended his right knee against the 49ers.
"An MRI exam today revealed a significant bone contusion as well as a posterior capsular strain," Frazier said. "Kevin was fortunate in that there was no injury to any of his ligaments."