Pat Williams out vs. Eagles

Updated: January 4, 2009, 3:38 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Pro Bowl defensive tackle Pat Williams was inactive Sunday against Philadelphia, leaving Minnesota without its best run stopper for its first playoff game since 2004.

Williams practiced all week and was listed as questionable on Friday with a fractured shoulder. He tested it out on the field hours before the game and was ruled out. Fred Evans started in his place for the third straight game.

It's a big blow for the Vikings, who were hoping to have him back this week and are also missing starting defensive end Ray Edwards with a knee injury. Brian Robison got the start in his place.

For the Eagles, tight end L.J. Smith was scratched after being listed as questionable with a shoulder injury. Brent Celek was in the starting lineup for Smith.

The Eagles suited up running back Brian Westbrook (knee, ankle), cornerback Asante Samuel (hip) and tackle Jon Runyan (knee), all of whom were listed as questionable on the injury report.


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