The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported a half-hour ago that U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson will not rule on the StarCaps case until Friday at the earliest, meaning New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith and running back Deuce McAllister will be eligible to play Thursday night at Soldier Field.
Smith, McAllister and defensive lineman Charles Grant were suspended four games by the NFL for violation of the league's policy on steroids and related substances, but won a temporary restraining order last week and played in the Saints' victory over Atlanta on Sunday. They'll live to play at least one more game before a ruling is made. Grant is already on injured reserve.
That doesn't put Minnesota Vikings defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams in the clear just yet. If the players were to lose on Friday, the Williams Wall would have to sit out Sunday's game at Arizona as well as the other two remaining regular-season games and then the Vikings' next game--a playoff game in January or the season opener in 2009.