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Kevin Williams approaches record

Posted by: Chip Scoggins under Leslie Frazier, Vikings defense, Vikings players Updated: September 20, 2013 - 9:00 PM

Kevin Williams will start his 158th game on Sunday, passing Hall of Famer Alan Page for most career starts by a Vikings defensive tackle. Williams trails only Jim Marshall (270) and Carl Eller (201) for most starts by a defensive lineman.

“It’s a blessing to be healthy and to make that many starts,” Williams said. “It’s awesome to be able to start that long and play that well in the NFL nowadays.”

In 11 seasons, Williams has missed only three games because of injury – two in 2005 and the season opener in Detroit two weeks ago.

Asked his secret to staying healthy and being able to play through pain, Williams said, “Maybe being breast fed helped a lot. They say you’re getting the best nutrients you can get. [laughing]. I’m just blessed that I’ve been able to do it. I guess the Good Lord is [responsible] for that.”

Ellison declared out

The Vikings are getting thin at fullback. Jerome Felton will serve the final game of his suspension Sunday and Rhett Ellison was declared out Friday because of a knee injury. That means rookie Zach Line and tight end John Carlson will share fullback duties.

Wide receiver Greg Jennings missed practice Friday to tend to a personal matter. Frazier said Jennings is expected to play Sunday.

Who are these guys

The Vikings probably found little use studying film of Cleveland’s first two games this season. On Sunday, the Browns offense will line up with a new quarterback (Brian Hoyer), new running back (Willis McGahee) and new No. 1 wide receiver (Josh Gordon).

“You can only speculate how different it will be,” Frazier said. “We’ll have to see as the game goes on exactly who the Browns are with some of the new faces in their offense.”

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