Minnesota judge rules to keep suspension of Vikings players on hold; New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith should benefit from ruling

By The Associated Press

May 21, 2010, 11:38AM

Minneapolis — A Minnesota judge ruled Friday that he will keep the suspensions of two Minnesota Vikings on hold if they follow through on their plan to file an appeal in their closely watched fight against the NFL’s anti-drug policy.

An attorney for defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams said he planned to file that appeal later Friday in Hennepin County District Court.

“As a matter of fairness and as a matter of law, we are convinced the NFL cannot and will not be allowed to suspend Kevin and Pat,” attorney Peter Ginsberg said.

This ruling likely will keep New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith eligible for the entire 2010 season as well.

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