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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.

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PITTSFORD —

Williams’ foot saga had become a distraction at camp, in part because Marrone provided few details about the injury regarding his most high-profile player.
On Tuesday, Marrone ran out of patience with reporters by announcing he wouldn’t answer any more questions about Williams until he received a medical report from team doctors.
Williams said he was aware of what Marrone had said, and stuck by his coach.
“I’m pretty sure he handled it,” he said. “The head man, whatever he says, goes. I’m not going to sit here and step on anybody else’s toes.”
Williams was up early Wednesday, arriving at the locker-room facility just before 6 a.m. Soon after, he made a brief visit to peek his head into a pair of tents where two sports-talk radio stations were broadcasting.
Williams is a seven-year NFL veteran, who is entering his second season with the Bills. He created a huge buzz in Buffalo in March 2012, after he signed a six-year, $100 million contract — the richest awarded an NFL defensive player — three days into free agency.
He failed to play to those expectations last year, being part of a porous defense that was blamed for a 6-10 finish that led to the Bills extending the league’s longest active playoff drought to 13 seasons.
Injury-related questions were an issue last year for Williams after he hurt his left wrist about 10 days before the Bills opener. He complained the injury was limiting his performance before having surgery during the team’s bye week in late October. He finished the season with a team-leading 10½ sacks — seven of them coming after he had the operation.
Williams has no concerns his sore foot could eventually become as problematic as his wrist injury was last year.
“No, I’m not worried about that,” Williams said.

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