Report: Vikings players used a diuretic

Dec. 24, 2008 at 3:14 PM
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MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams used a diuretic to make their earmarked weight, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

In Wednesday's editions, the newspaper reported both players had $400,000 in incentive bonuses in their contracts if they met, or were below, a specific weight during several weigh-ins throughout the season.

It added that the letter states both players are subject to receive bonuses if they met or were below a specific weight 11 times during the year -- eight during the season, three in the offseason.

Earlier this month, they were among six players the NFL suspended four games for testing positive for the banned substance Bumetanide.

The newspaper obtained details from a Dec. 2 letter sent by the league to their attorney, which was part of the filings in their suit against the NFL to nullify their suspensions for violating its anti-doping policy.

Among others suspended were New Orleans' Will Smith, Deuce McAllister and Charles Grant.

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