Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams attended practice on Wednesday after sitting out Sunday's workout with an injured foot and leaving the team on Monday for an examination.
He returned to training camp on Tuesday night and was with the team on Wednesday morning.
"Our medical staff with additional consultation with Dr. (Robert) Anderson determined that the best course of action was rest and treatment," Bills head coach Doug Marrone said. "And really, there is no timetable for his return but it's day-by-day. That's where his situation is right now."
Williams is entering the second year of his six-year, $96 million contract. He had 10.5 sacks for the Bills last season.
He dealt with a wrist injury last season as well, but said he's not concerned that the current injury could be serious - although he declined to provide details of when it happened or when he might return to practice, deferring to Marrone and the coaching staff.
"I'm not worried at all. I just think it's not that serious," said Williams.
At a press conference Monday, Marrone said the team was going to extra mile to figure out the cause of the soreness. A day later, Marrone reached the boiling point with a barrage of questions about Williams status -- which he answered no less than four times by telling reporters he had no new information and Williams was still being evaluated -- before venting his frustration with the line of questioning.
"I'm going to say this. I want to say something, and then I'll let you say your piece so we're all on the same page," Marrone said. "I'm a straight shooter. You could ask anyone that's ever known me from when I was a kid. I'm shooting you straight, OK? I understand you have a job to do. I have an appreciation for it.
"My answers are going to be it's the same situation as it was yesterday. For me to speculate, I never speculate until I hear from the medical staff. ... The doctors go through an evaluation process, and when they inform me, that's when I know. It's as simple as that.
"I get frustrated, honestly, when it gets to a point where I feel like I've tried to explain myself and how I handle the injuries, and I've answered the questions, and you keep coming at me, all right?"
Asked about the confusion regarding his injuries for a second straight season, Williams toed the party line.
"We're told from Day 1, from our policies and how we run, that anything involving, like I said, any ailments is discussed and brought to attention by (Marrone)," said Williams "We're all in this thing together. We're all on the same page. However he portrays it you guys, I don't know, but I know I got to honor my word and honor him as far as going off and just saying stuff. That's the way he wants it ran, that's how it's gonna be ran."
--Tight end Scott Chandler sat out Wednesday's practice with a built-in rest day as the team monitors his recovery from knee surgery.
"I think with all players that come back from injury, you have to watch that when you come back, thereís a certain point of strengthening that he felt good," said Marrone. "Obviously, he felt a little bit lack of strength there. Heís been pushing really hard, and again, we knew we had the built-in rest day, and we talked about it before if you donít feel good, letís be smart early on in training camp.
By The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: July 31, 2013 10:29:38 AM
Bills DE Williams returns to team
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