Earlier this week, Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said that he only had around 50 percent of the strength in his right shoulder and that he’s still has nerve damage after running into former teammate Nick Collins during last year’s opening game.
“They tested my strong arm, which is my left arm, and then the right arm, and my right arm was significantly weaker than my left arm. And this is my dominant arm, my right arm, so it was weak. Let’s just say that,” Williams said. “It was terrible. If I hold my arm right here and told you to push it, I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t even hold it up, still.”
Although there’s been no suggestion that Williams will have to face the same fate Collins faced because of his neck injury, some people took Williams’ comments as a sign that his career is in jeopardy as a result of the injury. Williams went on ESPN 540 in Wisconsin Thursday to dispute that notion and paint a more positive picture of where things stand in regard to the health of his shoulder.
“The shoulder’s doing fine. I’m still rehabbing it at this point, everything’s looking good,” Williams said. “Structurally the shoulder is doing well. It’s more of a nerve thing at this point. I’m going to use the example I used in the locker room: During the season, I couldn’t lift a 30, 35 pound dumbbell over my head. Now I’m up to a 90 pound dumbbell. I’m not a doctor, but that’s progress.”
It still sounds like a long shot for Williams to be fully ready to go by the start of training camp, but that’s not a huge issue if he can keep progressing. Getting Williams back in something close to 2010 form would be a win for the Packers whether it happened in July, August or October.