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Magnuson's initial ruling Dec. 5, and another ruling Dec. 11, allowed the players to rejoin their teams for the rest of the season. Barring a quick reversal by the appeals court, it's likely at least Kevin Williams would play for the Vikings if the team makes the playoffs. Pat Williams is out with a broken bone in his right shoulder. He missed Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons and will also sit out when the Vikings play the New York Giants this Sunday.
Pat Williams has said he hopes to return to his team for the first potential playoff game in January.
The Saints have been eliminated from the playoffs.
In other court filings Monday, the union proposed a schedule for proceedings in the case that would delay a decision on the suspensions for more than three months -- well after the Feb. 1 Super Bowl.
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