Williams (personal) doesn't appear on the injury report ahead of Week 1.
Williams missed practice time last week due to personal reasons, but there shouldn't be any concern over his Week 1 availability now that he's back in the fold with no injuries of note.
Williams missed his second straight practice Tuesday, with coach Sean McDermott citing "personal reasons," Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.
It's very possible Williams had a family issue he needs to tend to, but with all the chaos surrounding the team these days, and Williams previously needing to be coaxed back for a 12th NFL season, it seems fair to wonder if he's taking some time to reconsider his future. Perhaps there's a very low chance of that, and Williams isn't the type to just walk out on his teammates, but we'll feel more confident the coach will have his veteran for the long haul if Williams returns Wednesday or the team cites a more specific reason.
There was some thought that Williams, who will turn 34 in June, could opt for retirement this summer, but after turning in another productive campaign in 2016, the Bills' long-time run stuffer will be back for another season. Williams will carry a hefty $8.3 million cap hit in 2017, but after he churned out 64 tackles and five sacks in 15 games while playing through injury a season ago, it's a price the Bills are likely willing to pay.
Williams will once again play through his minor back injury and attempt to finish the 2016 season -- one where he's been one of the best players on a disappointing defense -- strong.
|4||10/1/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|9||11/2/17||@ NYJ||8:25 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|