Texans WR Williams OK, unlikely to play again
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
The Texans just released this statement from team doctor Walter Lowe on the condition of Texans wide receiver Harry Williams, who had spine surgery Sunday after suffering an injury in Thursday night's game at Dallas:
"Harry Williams is currently in the post-surgical recovery phase at Presbyterian Hospital-Dallas and will remain under observation. Dr. Drew Dossett performed surgery on Sunday, August 24, 2008 to fuse and stabilize the cervical spine levels C-2 through C-4. Given the severity and depth of the injury to his neck and spine, it is highly unlikely that Harry will return to football. We will continue to provide updates on Harry's condition as they become available."
Here is some Q&A from coach Gary Kubiak's meeting with the press today that the Texans also sent:
On how he feels about Williams never being able to play football again:
"Well, you know, it's hard. In this business you root for kids and you watch that guy and what he did last year. You know, Harry had made this team. Harry was fixing to be a big part of this team and have a chance in his career that he had really earned. To go out there on that field and see that kid laying there and what he went through, I think it's just the reality of how tough this game is and what can happen to you on any given play. I just thank the good Lord that the kid is going to be fine. That's number one but I know it's a very, very difficult time. Amazing mom. I talked to his mom, he's got great support. Harry is going to be OK and that's what's important. I know we are all disappointed that he won't be able to play, but that's not what's most important."
On when they got the news:
"I kind of heard it late going back on the plane that night that they thought that was going to be the issue. So, that's when I first heard."
On if Williams has been told about the status of his career:
"Yeah I think they've talked to him about that. I think he's well aware of that."
GM Rick Smith:
"It's a scary thing. The first thing that goes through your mind is the rest of his life. That's what this league is about. That's where people don't really understand what these guys subject their bodies to. It is a sacrifice when these guys put on a helmet and go out every time on the field. That's why we appreciate it, and certainly our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, but it's a scary situation."
WR Andre Johnson:
On Williams telling the team to go about their business this season and what that means to him:
"It means a lot. Coach Kubiak talked with him, and he said that all he talked about was his teammates. So, that's big on his part. We're behind him 100 percent. We're rooting for him. I just can't wait to see him walk through those gates to come watch us practice. I think that will be a great day for this team and a great day for this organization."
On how Williams' play on special teams was going to force Texans to keep six wide receivers:"Yeah, like I said, he was a guy who was showing up every week. Every time you looked at a play, it was like, 'great job Harry.' He was the first guy down on kickoffs. It was just a sad thing to see him lying out there not moving. It's scary. You hate to see one of your teammates-you hate to see anybody lying down like that. It's just something that just happened, a freak accident. I just hope he gets well really soon."
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