Bills DE Williams has 'procedure' on left wrist


Bills DE Williams has 'procedure' on left wrist

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Mario Williams is not expected to miss any games after the Buffalo Bills high-priced defensive end had what the team called ``a procedure'' to relieve discomfort in his injured left wrist.

Coach Chan Gailey provided the update Wednesday, saying he expects Williams to return to practice next week once the Bills return from their bye weekend off. Gailey, was otherwise, very short on specifics in sharing any other details regarding the status of the NFL's highest-paid defensive player.

Gailey wouldn't reveal what the procedure was, where or when it took place - ``I think it was yesterday,'' he said - and even who determined it was necessary.

``I don't know all that,'' Gailey said in discussing the team's underperforming star who signed a six-year, $100 million contract in free agency in March. ``They told me what happened and said he'd be ready next week. That's all I know.''

That might be all that counts for the Bills (3-4), who stumbled into their bye week off having lost three of four. They get a chance to rest, recuperate and regroup before traveling to play at Houston - Williams' former team - on Nov. 4.

A person familiar with Williams had said the player had visited a specialist to determine whether to have surgery. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed that information.

Williams missed practice and did not attend team meetings on Wednesday. He hasn't been spotted at the Bills facility since he spoke to reporters following a 35-34 loss to Tennessee on Sunday.

``I really need this bye week,'' Williams had said. ``Just try to get healthy and take care of my body.''

He's been bothered by the injury since being hurt in the final week of the preseason. Though Williams has not revealed the exact nature of the injury, he's blamed it on affecting his performance by limiting his ability to use his left hand in shedding blockers.

His production has been spotty at best, and resulted in Williams taking the brunt of criticism for many of the defense's shortcomings this season.

Buffalo's allowed an NFL-worst 1,238 yards rushing - that's 986 yards short of the team's total last season - and that includes giving up a combined 937 yards rushing in its last four games.

The lack of production led defensive end Chris Kelsay to publicly question his teammates for taking plays off a day after the loss to the Titans.

Williams is a two-time Pro Bowl selection, who in six seasons in Houston set the Texans franchise record with 53 career sacks.

In Buffalo, he's second on the team with 3 1/2 sacks. And that's down from last year in Houston, where he had five sacks in five games before landing on the season-ending injured reserve list because of a chest injury.

``I'm hesitant,'' he had said on Sunday, after being credited with two tackles. ``I don't know if it's just me in general, but that's on me and that's fine. I know I have to change that, believe me. I don't need anybody to tell me that. I look at it just like everybody else does.''

Williams' injury has proven costly for the Bills. The NFL fined Buffalo $20,000 on Friday, by ruling that Williams should have been on the team's injury report since the start of the season even though he had not missed a practice.

Gailey had first revealed to reporters that Williams had been playing hurt a day after the Bills season-opening 48-28 loss at the New York Jets on Sept. 9.

Williams acknowledged he was hurt two days later by saying, ``I had a little freak deal a couple of weeks ago.''

Gailey had promising news with other injured players.

Defensive end Mark Anderson was given an outside shot to be ready to play against Houston. Anderson, who was signed by Buffalo a week after Williams, has missed two games since having knee surgery. Though he missed practice, he was spotted walking around the locker room with only a wrap on his left knee.

Starting right guard Kraig Urbik practice fully for the first time since spraining his right ankle three weeks ago. Urbik's return is timely because it comes after his backup, Chad Rinehart, severely hurt his left ankle last weekend.

Gailey was cryptic in saying starting left guard Andy Levitre also had ``some extra work done on him,'' but added he's expected to play next week.


NOTES: LT Cordy Glenn (right knee), DT Kyle Williams and Kelsay (left ankle) practiced on a limited basis. ... CB Terrence McGee (left knee) did not practice. ... TE Mike Caussin is expected to begin practicing on Monday for the first time in nine months since having surgery to repair a right knee injury. Caussin opened the season on the reserve-unable to perform list. The Bills will have three weeks to activate Caussin.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 17, 40 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Redskins and NFL free agency tracker—I started this a week ago today and it grew to 3,500 words. The problem was there wasn’t much to add by the time that free agency actually started at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The legal tampering period or, as I dubbed it to avoid an oxymoron being used, the “permitted tampering-like activities period” was when all of the news happened. By the time actual free agency opened on Wednesday afternoon it pretty much was all over. Thanks to those of you who followed along.

Zach Brown agrees to terms with Redskins, per source—Since Kirk Cousins’ departure was a foregone conclusion, Brown was the Redskins’ most important free agent. His retention provides continuity in the defense and that will benefit both the team and Brown. His contract (preliminary numbers three years, $24 million) showed that the Redskins are willing to invest some money in the inside linebacker spot for the first time since Joe Gibbs brought in London Fletcher to play middle linebacker in 2007.

Report: Kirk Cousins to sign epic new deal with Vikings—We heard you, folks. The collective voice of the fans who visit NBC Sports Washington on a regular basis let us know that you were not interested in a lot of posts about the Cousins saga that was unfolding in Minnesota. So this was one of very few articles on Cousins that we posted even though Cousins posts have been popular, but with the vast majority of traffic coming from out of town. So, you’re welcome. It should be noted that we will write about Cousins in the future but infrequently.

Redskins officially announce 5-year deal with WR Richardson—He was the opening act for the Alex Smith press conference, and he handled himself very well. If Richardson is even moderately successful I think he will be a major fan favorite.  

Tweet of the week

Here is what fans need to know—a team can afford to do virtually anything it wants in free agency in a given year. If they wanted to the Redskins could restructure deals and sign all of their free agents to contracts that have very small first-year cap hits, creating room to sign the Honey Badger or Suh. The problems come in later years when the cap space you pushed back starts to pile up. The Redskins generally do squeeze free agent contracts into relatively small cap spaces. For example, Richardson’s deal average $8 million per year but the 2018 cap hit is just $4 million. But they don’t like to restructure deals to push money back into later years. That created problems during the Vinny Cerrato years.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 30
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 132
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 176

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Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner, Bojan Bogdanovic and the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream:
Radio: 1500 AM

Season series on the line

The Wizards and Pacers square off for the third and final time this season on Saturday night and the game will represent the tiebreaker for the season series. The Wizards beat the Pacers in their first meeting on Feb. 5 and Indiana then got even on March 4. The first game did not feature Victor Oladipo. John Wall didn't play in either of them.

Whichever team wins on Saturday night will own the playoff tiebreaker, meaning that team will get the better seed in the even they finish with the same regular season record. Right now only one game separates the teams, so that could definitely come into play. With a win over the Pacers, the Wizards could also move into third place in the East. They would tie the Pacers by record and own the head-to-head series. The one variable there is the Cavs play the Bulls on Saturday. If they win and the Pacers lose, the Cavs will be in third.


Wizards have been struggling

The Wizards won their last game on the road against the Celtics, but have lost five of their last eight overall. They remain in good shape in the big picture, but could use some positive momentum. A win over the Pacers would certainly give them that with three off days awaiting on the other end before they head out to San Antonio to face the Spurs.

Defense has been the problem. During this eight-game stretch, they have allowed the second-most points in the paint per game (53.8), the ninth-most points per game (111.0) overall and the fourth-highest opponents shooting percentage (49.3). 


Pacers are tough

The Pacers may be missing two of their best big men on Saturday as Domantas Sabonis has been ruled out and Myles Turner is questionable. Both are nursing sprained left ankles. That bodes well for the Wizards' defense in the paint, but Indiana still has plenty of firepower.

Oladipo is having a terrific season with averages of 23.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game. There's also Bojan Bogdanovic, a former Wizards player who is averaging 14.0 points and shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from three this year. Bogdanovic has scored 20 points or more in each of his games against the Wizards this season. The Pacers as a team have won six of their last eight.


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