The Minnesota Vikings will have defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams Sunday against Cleveland, and probably will have them the entire season.
The New Orleans Saints will not have defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant the first four games.
All four men were expected to be suspended for the first four games of the season, but Williams and Williams were given a reprieve when a Minnesota circuit court ruled they would be eligible to play because of Minnesota laws on drug testing that overrde the CBA rules on testing.
Louisiana doesn't have those laws, so Smith and Grant won't play the first four games for using a banned diuretic, the same substance used by both of the Williamses.
That isn't right.
There is no way there should be a difference. If the Vikings players play, Grant and Smith should play. If they can't, the two Vikings can't.
It's called competitive imbalance.
Balance is the NFL way.
This isn't that. EVen the diehard Vikings fans have to know that it just isn't fair.
Of course come Sunday that will matter little -- if at all.