Sunday, October 7, 2012
Williams should let play do the talking
By James Walker
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL is looking into the Buffalo Bills not disclosing the wrist injury of defensive end Mario Williams. The former Pro Bowler says the ailment is one of the reasons for his slow start this season.
Williams has just 1.5 sacks after four games and disappeared in division games against the New York Jets and New England Patriots. People want to know what's up with Buffalo's $100 million acquisition. That prompted Williams to disclose his wrist is bothering him, which was a mistake that could end up hurting the Bills.
The NFL may just warn Buffalo, and Williams will be on the injury report next week. Or the league could slap the Bills on the wrist (no pun intended) with a fine. Williams has not missed any games or practice time with this injury, so it is doubtful Buffalo is doing anything questionable to hide the injury.
But what is questionable is Williams' public complaints thus far this season. First, he complained that Jets offensive tackle Austin Howard illegally used hands to the face to shut him down in Week 1. Now, it's the wrist that's bothering Williams.
Legit or not, the general football fan will view these as excuses. Williams is a unique talent and is being paid a lot of money to perform. It is time for Williams to let his play do the talking.