After an injury that nearly ended safety Aaron Williams career in 2015, the Buffalo Bills were thankful to get their starting safety back on the field for the 2016 season. Then, in Miami, Dolphins wide receiver hit Williams with a crackback block that left the safety rolling around on the ground.
Williams has been away from practice since that point after having been evaluated for a possible neck injury, and Bills head coach Rex Ryan acknowledged that there is concern over the injury being a long-term one. The head coach wouldn't clarify as to how long he meant, but it would appear at the very least, that Williams won't be able to play in the upcoming game against the New England Patriots.
The safety, following the hit in the second quarter, had to be taken to a nearby hospital for tests, later to rejoin the team for the plane ride home. The Bills have said Williams is around the facilities and participating in team meetings, although not able to practice at all.
Williams suffered a neck injury early in the 2015 season, came back to play one more game, and then was placed on Injured Reserve for the remainder of the season. At certain points, Williams had been mulling retirement over the injury to such a sensitive part of the body.
As for the hit, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that Landry has been fined by the NFL for the hit, to the tune of $24,309 for the illegal crackback block.
He has yet to be available for an interview with the media at this point in time. The safety also hasn't been particularly active on Twitter since the game, but did tweet the following on Thursday morning:
Have a blessed day tweeps! Be thankful, why you ask? Cause if you're reading this tweet or seeing the sunrise, you my friend are #winning
— Aaron Williams (@ajwilliams23) October 26, 2016
The Bills take on the New England Patriots on Sunday at New Era Field.
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