Redskins' Mike Williams out for the year due to blood clots

Last year, failed top-five draft pick Mike Williams made a heroic return to the NFL, transforming his body, winning a roster spot after three years out of football, and ultimately starting eight games for the Redskins.

This year, Williams’ career has hit a major obstacle.

Jason Reid of the Washington Post reports that Williams will miss the entire 2010 season, due to blood clots near his heart.

Per Reid, Williams recently was hospitalized because of the condition.  He has since been released, but the team is concerned that the ailment could be career-threatening.

Williams, the fourth pick in the 2002 draft, was expected to be a key member of the team’s offensive line
this year.  He had been serving as a mentor to tackle Trent Williams, the fourth pick in this year’s draft.

33 responses to “Redskins' Mike Williams out for the year due to blood clots

  1. I wish him well in his treatment and recovery from this terrible condition. He arrived in Washington to try to revive his career with the help of his former college teammate, Derrick Dockery, and made great strides to improve his conditioning and return to the field. He did so and played fairly well under the most trying conditions – an immature offensive scheme under Zorn and an offensive line depleted by injury. I hope he can return to football next year, but, if he cannot, as a Redskins fan, I appreciate his efforts and wish him all the best in the future. Hail!

  2. Sad story on this guy, but he did come all the way back and into the NFL
    Hang in there Mike.

  3. Terrible story. You always gotta root for guys like Mike Williams who turned their careers around. I hope everything turns out ok for him and his family.

  4. That’s sad for a guy that BUSTED his butt to get rid of that label of a bust…to be let down by his body. I feel bad for the guy!! God bless Mike Williams!

  5. Being in the medical field, I pray that Mike Williams has no long term affects from this condition, I wish him the best.

  6. This sucks. He was really trying to make this work. Hopefully he can stick around in a coaching capacity. He could teach the players how to rip off the heads of Cowboys fans and shit down their neck. Would be nice.

  7. Please do not let the epic loser Chad Rinehart see an ounce of playing time. The guy sucks bad! Seriously, just put Hicks there. Cut Rinehart.

  8. It looks like McNabb has his blame game already laid out for him. The offensive line is his easy target.
    Good luck Washington. You’ll need it. Nabb, as usual, will fold like a lawn chair at the mere hint of pshychological (real or perceived) pressure.

  9. I had blood clots and had to take blood thinners for a year and a half.
    Playing football on blood thinners simply isn’t possible. The risk of bleeding-out would be too great.
    It was always a pleasure listining to Mike Williams interviews on It seemed to me like he was an excellent locker-room team mate. IMHO, the loss is Mike Williams will be subtle on the field but substantial in the locker ro0m.
    Get well Big Mike and take care of yourself. Pulmanary Embolism (blood clots in the lungs) has something like a 30% fatality rate!

  10. This is horrible news I hope Big Mike gets better soon.I’m sure Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan will get someone who is pretty good to replace him.

  11. dang, hopefully Mike is able to fully recover from this condition and return to normal life activities, regardless of the possibility to return to the field. this really strikes a blow to the skins depth, guess artis hicks will be playing RG now.

  12. As big of a Longhorns fan as I am, I was a little skeptical that Williams could earn a roster spot in the league after years out of the game, but I was glad to see him not just do that, but become a starter. He’s really a harder worker now than he had been since his college career, so as long as they can get him through these blood clots (which can be fatal, of course, if not treated properly–see Derrick Thomas) then he could be back in the saddle soon. He’s a great talent, and it’s been a pleasure to see him work so hard to reverse the bust label.

  13. He may not have ridden himself of the bust tag, but all the changes to his diet, his weight loss and all the training he has done over the last two years may well help to keep him alive.
    Let’s hope he can come back next year with this all behind him and another year spent shedding weight and adding muscle and aerobic endurance.
    In the end I doubt he have won the starting job this year. He’s not quick enough (yet) to excel in shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. Hopefully this will open the door for our younger guys.

  14. Not a fan of the Skins but i hate to see any player suffer an injury or medical condition. Good luck big Mike I wish you a speedy recovery.

  15. So the Skins didn’t even make it to training camp before they start losing o-lineman
    Get well Big Mike

  16. Big Mike had two good years in buffalo, and he is one heck of a nice guy. Hope for a long life and a full recovery.

  17. you know race car driver brain vickers has the same problem and cant race for the rest of the year and that is what really killed captain phil harris. my grandfather died from this as well. even though i dont like the redskins i wish this very talented athelete a speedy recovery and take care of yourself. i hope to see you play again someday get well soon. i live in va and watch the skins on sunday.

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