A broken shoulder blade sounds like a pretty severe injury, but Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams is trying to prove that it's just a three-week speed bump for him.
Williams is planning to be back on the field Sunday when the Vikings face the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs. According to Big Pat, he no longer has any pain, although he has to show that he's regained the strength in the shoulder.
Even if Williams' isn't at 100 percent, he's one player who can help the team simply by getting on the field. Williams is big enough that even with one arm, he'll help clog the middle and force the Eagles to junk their running game. Williams' return would be especially important because there is a good chance Minnesota will be without starting defensive end Ray Edwards, who injured his knee against the Giants.
If Edwards is out, the Vikings will have to rely on Otis Grigsby and Brian Robison. Robison is a better pass rusher, while Grigsby may be a little bit better run defender, but neither of them can equal Edwards' all-around ability.