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Friday, November 02, 2007

Williamson won't play Sunday

Vikings receiver Troy Williamson will not be returning to Minnesota for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers because of family obligations, agent David Canter said.

Canter said, who spoke to his client Friday, said Williamson is busy coordinating the arrangements for his grandmother’s funeral and travel and accommodations for numerous relatives.

“Troy is the one person that everyone in the family has looked to organize everything,” Canter said in a brief interview Friday.

“Troy was very close to his grandmother. She was the matriarch of the family, and she was integral in Troy’s development.”

But Canter said this is the second tragedy to befall the Williamson family in the past two months. Williamson’s older brother, Carlton, was in a major car accident that has him in and out of a coma and still hospitalized.

Initially, after his brother’s accident, Williamson spent about 40 hours with him before rejoining the team. Williamson then spent his bye week by his brother’s side at a Georgia hospital.

“This isn’t something we wanted to discuss publicly, but Troy wanted to let fans know what he’s been dealing with. He and his family are going through both a grieving and healing process, and ask that everyone have them in their thoughts and prayers.”

Williamson, who has nine catches for 159 yards and one touchdown, has missed the entire week of practice.


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