Training camp got off to an inauspicious start Sunday evening for Buffalo Bills defender Mario Williams. It became quickly noticeable to all in attendance that Williams wasn’t participating in any drills and after practice it was revealed that Williams reported to camp with a sore foot.
Speaking to the media following practice, new head coach Doug Marrone said it was too early to know the extent of the injury.
“Mario reported to our athletic training staff that he had a sore foot,” Marrone told a pool of reporters. “So what we wanted to do was hold him out of practice and let our medical staff evaluate him.”
According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Williams declined to reveal how the foot problem came about, and Graham said Williams deferred any questions about the injury to Marrone.
The good news is that to the naked eye at camp the injury doesn’t appear to be very serious. Williams wasn’t walking around with a significant limp.
MY TAKE: While one practice, the very first one of training camp hardly defines what kind of season it will be for Williams, this can’t be the start he was hoping for. Williams inked a record setting free agent deal with Buffalo last offseason and despite notching 10.5 sacks Williams often came under fire from fans and the media for some poor performances and having what some consider a questionable attitude.
Williams has been in the news off the field this offseason due to a messy, very public separation from his former fiancé and questions about his frame of mind because of it. Williams’ monster contract puts him on a pedestal full of extraordinarily high expectations. The guy needs to have a monster season and help turn the fortune of the franchise around. Otherwise, he may go down as one of the more unpopular players in franchise history—whether it’s fair or not.