While the Bills investigate how to turn things around on defense after allowing 97 points over the last two weeks, the league is reportedly investigating whether or not they have violated the league’s rules about injury disclosure when it comes to defensive end Mario Williams.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported this weekend that the league was looking into Williams’ failure to appear on injury reports despite his public statements about being bothered by a left wrist injury. The Bills contend they didn’t list Williams because he didn’t miss any practice reps or games, although that falls short of the standard the league has set for inclusion on the injury report.
Williams was asked about the kerfuffle on Monday and said that anybody watching film would know he’s been bothered by the wrist injury. He also correctly pointed out that he has nothing to do with the injury report.
“All I do is I go out and I practice,” Williams said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “I brace it up, do whatever I need to do to practice, and I play in the game. Now, I don’t report anything. I don’t know all the odds and ends about [the injury report]. I don’t know if you go through practice if you report that or not. The players don’t control that. I didn’t even know if I was on the injury report or not. I don’t check injury reports. That’s not what I do.”
The Bills will likely be fined by the league for their failure to put Williams on the injury report, which will bring this little saga to a close. Then the Bills will get back to work on getting Williams and the rest of their defense performing at a level closer to what’s required of NFL teams with hopes of success.