Still a slow news week, and I’m working on some larger project stories right now, so I thought I’d pop in briefly on the blog to lead you to this article in the Arizona Republic by Scott Bordow about former Hokies and current Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams, who is once again trying to come back from an injury.
Williams has missed 27 of 32 possible NFL games because of injuries. In his rookie season, he ruptured his right patella tendon in the preseason. Last year, he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.
From what Williams said, the knee injury was still on his mind last year. From the article:
He took the toss from Kolb, looked up and saw Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes closing in. Williams didn’t try to go through Spikes or maneuver around him.
Instead, he gave in — and gave up.
“As soon as I saw Spikes coming to hit me I curled up and forgot about the ball,” Williams said. “It was something where I was trying to protect my leg instead of trying to protect the football. … It’s a scary sight being a running back and being scared to run the ball. That’s something that no running back should feel. I was pretty much scared all last year to get the ball in my hands.”
Williams was so fearful of re-injuring the knee he said it was a “blessing” when he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 4.
“It’s sad to say, but honestly I was happy because the first thing I thought about was getting my knee right,” he said.
Williams doesn’t sound like he’ll be the starter in Arizona. That’ll probably be Rashard Mendenhall, who worked with new head coach Bruce Arians when the two were in Pittsburgh. But it at least sounds like Williams is in the right frame of mind and better physically than he was heading into last year.