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August 1, 2013

Bills DE Williams needs rest to heal sore foot

Rookie coach answers questions amicably, 24 hours after outburst.

PITTSFORD —

Many of the questions regarding Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams’ sore foot can finally be put to rest now that he’s back at training camp.
The soreness is affecting Williams’ left foot. After being examined by team doctors, Williams traveled to visit North Carolina-based foot specialist, Robert Anderson. And rest and treatment is all the player will require to allow the injury to heal in what could take a matter of days.
Those was the updates provided by coach Doug Marrone on Wednesday in clearing up two days of questions and speculation regarding the $100-million pass-rusher’s injury and whereabouts.
“Our medical staff, with additional consultation with Dr. Anderson determined that the best course of action was rest and treatment,” Marrone said. “There’s no timetable for his return, but it’s day by day.”
Marrone’s comments came after Williams returned to the practice field for the first time in three days at the team’s training camp facility in suburban Rochester. Williams opened practice working out on his own in strength in conditioning drills, and then spent the last part of the session watching from the sideline.
Williams had returned to camp Tuesday night after being examined by Anderson. He had not been spotted since Sunday, when he was held out of the team’s camp-opening practice after complaining about a sore foot.
Williams said he felt “fine,” and at no point did he fear the soreness developing into something potentially serious.
“No, I’m not worried, man. I just think it’s not that serious,” he said. “I appreciated the concern, but I’m all right.”
He added he sought out a second opinion from Anderson on the Bills’ advice.
There wasn’t much else Williams said he was allowed to discuss about the injury. He referred most questions to Marrone, citing a team policy that limits players from discussing injuries.

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