Mario Williams undergoes wrist surgery, still active for Texans game
Mario Williams couldn’t be spotted during team practice and missed team meetings on Wednesday as well.
Chan Gailey wouldn’t provide specific details on the wrist surgery and believed it took place “yesterday.”
"I don't know all that," stated Chan Gailey, when questioned about when and who determined the requirement of the surgery. “They told me what happened and said he'd be ready next week. That's all I know."
However, a source claimed that Mario Williams consulted a specialist to determine the need for the surgery.
Chan Gailey added he expect Mario Williams to return for practice next week, following the Buffalo Bills’ bye week.
The Buffalo Bills (3-4) entered their bye week on a 35-34 loss against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Just like the rest of the pack, Mario Williams is looking forward to recover from the wrist surgery before regrouping with his teammates, before the Buffalo Bills leave for Houston to play the Texans on 4th November.
"I really need this bye week," stated Mario Williams. "Just try to get healthy and take care of my body."
However, Mario Williams’ wrist has been causing him trouble since he sustained an injury during the final week of the preseason. Although Mario Williams too dodged going into the nature of the injury the defensive end, who signed to a six-year $100 million contract in March and has since led a disappointing performance, claimed that his left hand’s condition has been affecting his ability to shedding blockers throughout the season.
The former Houston Texans player Mario Wiliams, who signed over with the Buffalo Bills during free agency, leads the franchise record for Houston with 53 sacks during six-years. Last season, Mario Williams had five sacks in five games until he lost the season to a serious chest injury.
Although Mario Williams ranks second amongst the Buffalo Bills with 3 ½ sacks this season, his production has been limited due to the wrist injury. Losing a star defensive player fell heavily on the Buffalo Bills’ season, who witnessed a below par performance by the defense after they allowed a league worst 1,238 yards rushing this season.
Mario Williams has been taking the blunt of the Buffalo Bills’ defense’s weaknesses, but it would be an unfair evaluation since Chan Gailey revealed last month that the defensive end’s been playing through the wrist injury since the start of the preseason.
The move earned the Buffalo Bills a $20,000 fine from the NFL for keeping an injured player on the roster when Mario Williams should have been listed in the injury report despite his consistent attendance of each practice.