Kevin Williams preparing for season as if he'll be suspended

As long and as hard as the NFL fought to have its way in a court of law when it came to the StarCaps case, it’s difficult to imagine the league is going to allow the players to go unpunished now.

But there hasn’t been a definitive word to this point if Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams and New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season. That, of course, is what everyone assumed would happen after the case finally (and thankfully) came to a resolution during this offseason.

Still, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King reports nothing has been formally announced in terms of a punishment for the players, who tested positive for a banned diuretic.

In my mind, I'm preparing to miss the four games,'' Williams told King. "It'd be a huge surprise if we got it 'buddied' out of the CBA, but that's what I'm hoping.''

The case also entangled unsigned defensive tackle Pat Williams and unsigned defensive end Charles Grant. Theoretically, they would be subject to suspension as well.

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