Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said Aaron Williams (neck) is healthy, Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News reports.
A neck injury limited Williams to three appearances in 2015, with his most recent outing coming on Oct. 11. The Bills placed him on IR/designated to return, but he was later ruled out for the remainder of the season once a playoff appearance was out of the question. Williams also dealt with a neck injury the previous season, so while he's seemingly on track to jump back in as the starting free safety, there are still some serious questions about his long-term future in football.
Aaron Williams (neck) will not return for the Buffalo Bills ' last two games, The Buffalo News reports. "He (coach Rex Ryan) knows that I really want to play this year, but unfortunately the outcome is a lot different than I expected," said Williams. "All I can do is really just get ready for next year."
Williams has been saying all along he plans to play next season, but given the type of injury he's dealing with, the team won't really know his long-term ability to play until he sees game action. Thus, it may be hard to count on him as the starting free safety heading into a full season, though we'll note the team does have a decent amount of depth at the position.
While Aaron Williams (neck) continues to practice, he's not yet ready to return to game action and hasn't been cleared for contact, Buffalo Buffalo Bills .com reports. "Still not real sure on that," said coach Rex Ryan in reference to whether or not Williams will be activated from injured reserve. "I like the fact that he's out here practicing and he's moving well, but it's the contact. It's hard to say absolutely and things like that because right now he's not ready for contact."
Williams still isn't 100 percent sure he's going to be OK for the long term until he tests things out in a real game. We'll see if the Bills try to make that happen in one of the last two games, as he will not be activated for Sunday's game in Washington.
Aaron Williams , who recently returned to practice following neck surgery, will not play Sunday in Washington, Buffalo Buffalo Bills .com reports. "He's been practicing so I think that's good," said coach Rex Ryan. "Do I expect him to play? No I don't. We will err on the side of caution with that type of injury with the neck. So that's a given."
Even though the team has a banged-up defense, it probably wouldn't be smart to rush a player back that's had so much trouble with his neck area that he was nearly forced to retire. Williams maintains that he'd like to return in one of the team's last two games.
Even recently, Williams was worried his playing career might be over, but it sounds as if the surgery worked wonders and he's confident he can play again this season. It's almost a certainty the team's starting free safety will sit this week, however, though it'd be a nice boost to have him back down the stretch - even on a limited basis - given his ability as well as the banged-up defense's need for healthy bodies.
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