The Williamses can play, barring Federal action

A Minnesota court ruled today that Pat and Kevin Williams can play this season unless a federal court decides to reclaim jurisdiction on the case.

The two defensive tackles were supposed to be suspended last year because of traces of banned substances found in a drug test, but they sued the NFL, claiming that they were not made aware of the problems with a drug that has been taken in the NFL for years.

A panel of three federal judges will hear an appeal from the NFL on August 18th. If they decide that it’s a state matter, the Minnesota judge said it is unlikely that Pat or Kevin Williams will miss any games this year.

Kevin Williams declined to comment on any of this today until after he talks to his lawyer.