Those expectations may be about to adjust downward.
According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Williams is considering surgery on his left wrist during the bye week.
After signing a six-year contract this offseason worth up to $100 million, Williams has been good, not great. His 3.5 sacks are 32nd in the NFL, which is fine, except for those pesky expectations.
“I need to play better, and I need to get healthy,” Williams said after Sunday’s game. “It’s No. 1 on my point.
“I can say this and you can take it however you want to take it, but it really don’t matter to me. I really don’t care what you think. At the end of the day I know I need to get physically back into things so I’m not hesitating.”
The Bills didn’t comment on the report of surgery, but coach Chan Gailey has said he was vague about injuries on purpose. It was at least hurt enough to trigger a $20,000 fine for violating the league’s policy on reporting injuries.
“He’s the one that’s got to answer to that,” Gailey said. “I can’t tell you whether he’s being affected by it at all, or a little bit, or what it is. I can’t tell.”
If he has surgery and misses any time, it’ll be easy to tell. Then again, maybe it won’t.