Appeals Court clears Vikings' Williamses to play

Pat and Kevin Williams
Minnesota Vikings defensive players Pat Williams #94, and Kevin Williams #93, during a September 2008 game at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
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A federal Appeals Court says the NFL can't suspend Minnesota Vikings Pat Williams and Kevin Williams for violating the league's anti-doping policy.

Friday morning's decision clears the way for the Williamses to play this season. The Vikings play their season opener Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

The NFL had tried to suspend the Williamses for four games after they both tested positive for a banned diuretic during training camp in 2008.

They had taken the over-the-counter weight loss supplement StarCaps, which did not state on the label that it contained the diuretic - which can mask the presence of steroids.

Neither Williams tested positive for steroids.

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