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Forum wire reports, Published February 25 2009

June 15 trial date set for Vikings’ defensive tackles

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A federal judge has set a June 15 trial date for Vikings stars Kevin and Pat Williams in their banned substance case.

The defensive tackles were suspended by the NFL for four games late last year for using a banned diuretic. But the Williamses got an injunction in mid-December and were able to play in the postseason.

That means the suspensions would begin next season if the NFL is upheld.

Attorney Peter Ginsberg says the players are seeking up to $10 million in damages in addition to having their suspensions overturned. The players’ union says the NFL didn’t properly inform players about the diuretic, which wasn’t listed as an ingredient in a supplement they used.