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, 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 towards 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.
|4||9/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|13||12/2/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
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