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TWO VIKINGS CAN PLAY WITH SUSPENSIONS UNDER REVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS - Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams can play in the opener at Cleveland this weekend, regardless of what happens with their court case against the NFL.

The Williamses, who are not related, are challenging four-game suspensions handed down by the league for violating the league's drug policy.

The case is still in court, but NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday the suspensions will not begin this weekend in any event.

Neither player is accused of taking steroids, but they acknowledge taking the over-the-counter weight-loss supplement StarCaps. The supplement did not list on the label that it contained the prescription diuretic bumetanide, which is banned by the NFL because it can mask the presence of steroids.

BILLS: Starting left tackle Langston Walker was released, continuing the fallout from a new no-huddle attack that struggled during preseason.

BRONCOS: Quarterback Kyle Orton took snaps, handed off cleanly and completed passes at practice for the first time since injuring his right index finger in a preseason game nine days earlier. If Orton has a setback, former Buc Chris Simms, who returned Sunday from a high ankle sprain, would take over.

EAGLES: Former Bucs tight end Alex Smith signed a one-year deal. Tampa Bay traded him in the offseason to the Patriots, who released him Saturday.

LIONS: Quarterback Daunte Culpepper said he accepts the decision to have him back up No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford.

RAIDERS: Oakland cut John Wade and promoted Chris Morris ahead of Samson Satele to start at center.

STEELERS: Center Justin Hartwig signed a four-year deal.

TEXANS: Quarterback Matt Schaub took half the snaps in practice, his first significant work since sustaining an ankle injury Aug. 31. He is day to day.

NAMATH PRAISE: Legendary Jets quarterback Joe Namath praised rookie Mark Sanchez for his "spark and fire" and cited a touchdown drive he led in a preseason game against the Eagles. "That showed me some stuff I hadn't seen," said Namath, 66. "It looked like he can do everything as far as movement and finding the receivers. He looked at the chains to see where he had to go, he moved his feet well. He impressed me big time."

SHOOTING TRIAL: The trial of a man accused in a shooting that left former Jaguars player Richard Collier paralyzed is set to start Sept. 21. Tyrone Hartsfield, 32, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a gun by a convicted felon.

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