Williams will retire from football following the team's finale Sunday against the Dolphins, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
The Bills will say goodbye to one of the best defensive players in team history, a 2006 fifth-rounder that ended up out-kicking his draft slotting in almost every imaginable way. Williams will finish his career with 48.5 sacks (plus whatever he might get Sunday) and over 600 tackles. His relentless play, a style which never really tapered off even in his mid-30s, and leadership in the locker room will be missed by a team that's been playing for the future for several weeks.
Williams (back) practiced fully Friday and is not listed on the injury report for Sunday's game at New England.
With his career starting to wind down, even if Williams was on the injury report it'd take a lot to keep him off the field for what could end up being his last crack at the Patriots. Williams and Lorenzo Alexander remain the heart and soul of the defense even into their mid-30's, and it's expected the Bills will take a stab at recruiting them back for another season, even if their roles end up slightly reduced.
Williams (back) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Williams hasn't missed any game time due to his back injury but was held out of practice entirely Wednesday, though it's worth noting the veteran is often given Wednesdays off even when he's not banged up. His limited session Thursday bodes well for his Week 16 status, though he should still be considered questionable for the time being.
Williams didn't practice Wednesday due to a back issue, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Williams hasn't missed a game this season and wasn't reported to have suffered an injury in the Week 15 win over the Lions, so it's possible he's just getting a maintenance day as the Bills kick off their preparations for Week 16. Through his 14 appearances in 2018, Williams has logged 30 tackles, five sacks and a forced fumble.
Williams recorded seven tackles (four solo), including 1.5 sacks, in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.
Williams turned back the clock a bit Sunday. His seven tackles were his most in a game since 2016 and his 1.5 sacks gives him 5.0 on the season. The veteran defensive lineman is having another quality year, though his 24 tackles through 11 games are low by his standards. He'll look to continue his strong play as the Bills aim for a third straight win when they take on they Dolphins in Week 13.
Williams posted three tackles, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble during Sunday's loss to the Texans.
Williams may be 35 like his teammate Lorenzo Alexander, but the two of them are playing like guys a decade younger. While Williams doesn't see a full allotment of plays anymore and probably doesn't put up the stats to make him IDP worthy -- 12 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble -- he's still a starter putting up meaningful production for one of the league's better (and more surprising) defenses. The Buffalo defense is simply better when its heart and soul is on the field.
Williams, who injured his knee in the second preseason game and didn't return to practice until Monday, practiced fully all week and does not appear on the Week 1 injury report, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Coach Sean McDermott has declared his veteran leader ready to go for Sunday's opener in Baltimore, where he'll work with Star Lotulelei and rookie Harrison Phillips to form a pretty solid interior defensive line.
Williams returned to practice Monday for the first time since injuring his knee in the second preseason game, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
Williams and the Bills won't know until later in the week if he'll be able to go for the opener in Baltimore. Even if he plays, the team is prepared to give rookie Harrison Phillips a decent amount of playing time behind his mentor, based on Phillips' strong preseason as well as trying to manage Williams' health.
Williams (knee) is "week-to-week" after tests for a torn ACL came back negative, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Williams will likely miss the rest of the preseason and his absence could leak into the regular season as well. The 13-year pro recorded 105 tackles and eight sacks over the last two seasons, and Adolphus Washington will see an uptick in snaps while Williams sits out.
Williams (knee) avoided an ACL tear, according to initial tests, and could return at some point in 2018, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The veteran defensive tackle has only missed significant time in two of his 12 seasons prior to 2018, but it appears Williams is set to be sidelined for an extended run this season after suffering the injury during Friday's preseason contest. More information on his injury should surface when the MRI results come in.
Williams won't return to Friday's preseason game against the Browns due to a knee injury.
Williams injured his knee in the first half of Friday's game and was taken to the locker room. The team hasn't clarified the specifics or the severity of the issue to this point. Look for Adolphus Washington and Harrison Phillips to see some extra reps as long as Williams is out.
Williams has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Bills, Chris Brown of the team's official site reports.
Williams, who turns 35 in June, logged 41 tackles and three sacks in 16 games for the Bills in 2017. While he's not quite the IDP force he was earlier in his career, the five-time Pro Bowler remains a key cog in the Buffalo defense, while bringing valuable leadership ability to the table.
Williams is planning on returning for at least one more season, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Williams has been mulling retirement since the Bills were bounced from the playoffs, and it appears he still isn't 100 percent certain about a decision. Though he's leaning toward a return, that decision has yet to be set in stone.
Williams, who played 45 defensive snaps and logged a tackle in his first-ever playoff game Sunday in a 12-season NFL career, is undecided about his future, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "I don't have one," the veteran said about his timetable for a decision. "We'll meet with the people who need to be met with, and discuss it and we'll see where we go."
Williams was the heart and soul of the Bills' surprising run to the playoffs and can still play at a high level, but there's a lot of wear and tear on his body after all this time in the league, plus there's something to be said for finally reaching the playoffs and helping the team snap a 17-season drought. It seems unlikely he'd start fresh with a new team, so we'll see if he wants to come back for one more go-round with Sean McDermott's process.
Williams (groin) is active for Sunday's contest against the Patriots.
Williams only registered one limited practice this week, but there wasn't much doubt about the veteran lineman's ability to play come Sunday. He's expected to see his normal role along the starting defensive line.
Williams (groin) will be limited at practice Friday and listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Williams is enough of a veteran that he could probably go the entire week without practicing and still play capably Sunday. With his career winding down and without a single playoff game on his fine resume, there's no way Williams is missing Week 16.
Williams (groin) missed practice for the second straight day Thursday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Williams has been muddling through this for several weeks, but given this could be the final season for the long-time veteran, there's almost no way he's going to miss the last two weeks as the Bills try to fight for a playoff spot, something that has eluded Williams in his otherwise successful career.
Williams (groin) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Williams was upgraded to a full participant in Friday's practice, which was enough for him to avoid missing his first game of the season. The five-time Pro Bowler has seen his play slip in 2017, as he's tallied only 33 tackles and two sacks in 13 contests, both of which are well behind his 2016 pace.
Williams, who sat out Wednesday's practice with a groin injury, practiced on a limited basis Thursday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
The 34-year-old is frequently rested during the practice week, so even though he does have a groin injury, it appears to be minor in nature. Williams will be out there Sunday at his usual starting defensive tackle spot as the Bills face off in a pivotal divisional battle against the Dolphins.
Williams won't practice Wednesday due to a groin injury, WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.
It's believed that Williams picked up the injury during the Bills' 13-7 overtime victory over the Colts on Sunday. The significance of the setback isn't yet clear, but if Williams puts in a full practice before the end of the week, he could avoid an injury designation for the Week 15 matchup with the Dolphins.