EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota defensive tackle
, out the last two weeks with a broken right shoulder blade, told a Minneapolis radio station yesterday that he is pain-free and hopes to play Sunday against the Eagles.
Vikings coach Brad Childress said Williams would try to practice this week.
"We will just have to see what his functional strength is like as he gets out there and goes through the week," Childress said.
Defensive end Ray Edwards, who injured his left knee Sunday, remains questionable. Edwards underwent a magnetic resonance imaging test Monday, but the Vikings have not announced the results.
Though the Vikings have sold out 114 consecutive games at the Metrodome and are in the playoffs for the first time in four years, Sunday's game could be blacked out in Minnesota.
The team's 55,000 season-ticket holders were not required to buy potential playoff tickets, and more than a third have not. About 14,000 tickets remained as of midday yesterday, even after 6,000 were sold Monday, the team announced. The Metrodome's 62,000 seats must be sold by 4:30 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow for the game to be televised, although the NFL is likely to grant a 24-hour extension if it's close.
- Pat Borzi