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Mario Williams considering surgery over bye

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Mario Williams said yesterday he didn’t care about anyone’s expectations.

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.

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31 Responses to “Mario Williams considering surgery over bye”
  1. txtuff says: Oct 24, 2012 7:40 AM

    If he was going to have surgery during the bye week it should have been 2 days ago on Monday morning! And his head coach say’s that he can’t tell if it is effecting him? In other words he just sucks?

  2. whitemike55 says: Oct 24, 2012 7:40 AM

    I’d love to hear the Bills fans chime in. When they signed him earlier this year they thought he was the best defensive player & most healthy player ever to every walk on this earth.

    Texans Exec, Coaches, Players, and fans are saying good riddance. We heard this same story over and over.

    We now have JJ WATT for 1/10th of the cost but with 10x the production and heart!

    As a Texans fan, I did like mario and wanted him to succeed, but by no means was he ever my favorite player.

  3. texan1979 says: Oct 24, 2012 7:45 AM

    Buffalo shouldnt worry about mario’s effort . try focussing on the rest of the team

  4. eagleswin says: Oct 24, 2012 7:54 AM

    When you get those blockbuster contracts you aren’t answerable to anyone but yourself. Both Haynesworth and Williams have proved that. You get paid whether you play or not, whether you give it 100% or not.

  5. bigwinintx says: Oct 24, 2012 8:02 AM

    Mario’s phantom “injuries” are nothing new.

    The problem here is, is that now he’s in a city where the media won’t shun away from his inept play and or his disappearing act in the middle of games. He doesn’t care because he knows he signed the contract with a clause in it that will pay him even if he gets hurt.
    It’s kind of funny that he wants to have the surgery when his next opponent is the team that let his too soft behind, leave without so much as offering a copper penny for his services.

    So go ahead and have your surgery, I’m sure you’ll find some doctor out there who will cut on you to make you believe that you have an injury. Meanwhile your team needs you, and once again you’ll leave them in a lurch.

    You can’t teach heart.

  6. flbills says: Oct 24, 2012 8:04 AM

    Well, you can count out super?Mario for the rest of this season….waste!

  7. exboomer says: Oct 24, 2012 8:11 AM

    If he has surgery at least he’ll have a [b]real[/b] reason for his lack of production this year. I am really beginning to wish we hadn’t wasted all that money on him.

  8. realnflmaster says: Oct 24, 2012 8:16 AM

    Consider retiring.

  9. protagoras111 says: Oct 24, 2012 8:22 AM

    Hahahahahahahahahaahahahaha. We told you so.
    – Houston Texans fans

  10. theryanfitzmagics says: Oct 24, 2012 8:22 AM

    Just more excuses from Super Mario. Worst signing in NFL history… Buffalo NY, where all good players come to die

  11. greeneblitz says: Oct 24, 2012 8:27 AM

    “3.5 sacks is fine if it weren’t for except for those pesky expectations”

    The dissatisfaction with his play has nothing to do with stats, he’s nearly invisible for every single game absent one (Arizona).

  12. jskill3 says: Oct 24, 2012 8:34 AM

    Pretty sure surgery won’t fix what ails him.

  13. gadzod says: Oct 24, 2012 8:39 AM

    I hope you get better Mario. We really need you. For the people that are going to say “BUST,” please know some facts before you speak.

    First 9 games for Julius Peppers in Chicago: 2 sacks

    First 7 games for Mario Williams in Buffalo: 3.5 sacks

    Let me also mention that Peppers has 8 less tackles and the same amount of sacks as Williams, and Peppers is actually getting paid more this year than Mario Williams. The only reason people are on Peppers’ back is because his teammates around him are doing great. Mario’s…..not so much. Get back, get healthy, and lets get this thing going!

  14. jpb12 says: Oct 24, 2012 8:44 AM

    If he thinks things are bad now… just wait til it gets c-c-c-cold!

  15. buffalobills2012 says: Oct 24, 2012 8:46 AM

    Hilarious that this is before the return to Houston…..I wonder what Ronnie Lott or James Harrison or Reggie White or London Fletcher or Brian Urlacher or Daryl Talley or Hines Ward or Brian Dawkins or Ray Lewis or Warren Sapp etc would do? Im guessing they woul fight through their pain, put a cast on it and go to war…..sorry bills fans I think we got ourselves a albert haynesworth. Yuck.

  16. mz1394 says: Oct 24, 2012 8:46 AM

    funny how hes doing this with games coming up against the texans and patriots. Article should also mention he lines up against the right tackies not left. Only in buffalo does a team make a player the richest def.player in the leagues history then line him up at the weaker side of the line. I dont remember any team signing Deion Sanders and telling him to line up against a teams 2nd and 3rd best receivers

  17. frankhad says: Oct 24, 2012 8:57 AM

    The Bills have no one to blame but themselves. They simply didn’t vet Mario Williams before throwing all that money at him.

    After six years in Houston, even the most average spectator knew what the Texans were going to get from Mario Williams. An occasional flash of spectacular, but never anything consistent. And always those injuries, those nagging injuries. Year after year it was always the same. And, it is exactly what Buffalo is getting now. The only expectations being met are those we, in Houston, expected. We’re just average spectators, but most of us could see this coming.

  18. Little Earthquake says: Oct 24, 2012 9:15 AM

    Get your mouth sewn shut.

  19. buffalose says: Oct 24, 2012 9:59 AM

    If the bills don’t sign him people say they are cheap, if they don’t over pay then players won’t come here. If the player doesn’t reach expectations then the bills should not have signed them and the over payed. So they have to over pay, then the player won’t reach the expectations for being over paid , and the bills are at fault for that too. Lose lose for FA really. How quickly Texans forget their misfortunes. How is their play off record since coming into the league ?

  20. ejdulock says: Oct 24, 2012 11:01 AM

    Funny he would have surgery before returning to Houston!

  21. htown1035 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:03 AM

    He won’t have surgery until after the Houston game – he’ll miraculously heal up, have 3 sacks, and then shut it down the rest of the year.

  22. billhicks666 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:12 AM

    buffalose says:

    “How quickly Texans forget their misfortunes. How is their play off record since coming into the league ?”

    Aaaand, what exactly does that have to do with the Mario Williams situation? You can try to rationalize this all you want, but we Texans fans tried to warn you Bills fans, don’t be so giddy over this signing. We knew firsthand about Williams’ injury history, we knew about him taking plays off, we knew that he would occasionally play great, almost making you forget about the other 13-14 games on the schedule. Bottom line: your front office vastly overpaid Mario Williams, a player with no heart, and now your stuck with him. I’ll gladly take JJ Watt over Mario Williams all day, any day. I wonder when Watt’s contract is up, how much scratch he’ll command? I shudder to think about it.

  23. texansdude says: Oct 24, 2012 11:35 AM

    Buffalo fans, I do not think this is funny. I can’t stand to see guys that have so much ability waste it. Before he was hurt last year, I thought Mario looked like he might have found his place. When he signed with your team, I wanted good things for the guy. Now, after reading quotes from him in the last few weeks, I really think a) his attitude is worse, and b) someone should tell him just because someone sticks a mic in your face, you don’t have to speak. AND c) it’s not your wrist that needs surgery – it’s your head!

  24. grogansheroes says: Oct 24, 2012 11:48 AM

    buffalose says:
    Oct 24, 2012 9:59 AM
    If the bills don’t sign him people say they are cheap, if they don’t over pay then players won’t come here. If the player doesn’t reach expectations then the bills should not have signed them and the over payed. So they have to over pay, then the player won’t reach the expectations for being over paid , and the bills are at fault for that too. Lose lose for FA really. How quickly Texans forget their misfortunes. How is their play off record since coming into the league ?
    ————————————————-
    You’re right about having to overpay for players to come to Buffalo. However, you’d be better paying say 3 good $2m a year players $3m a year instead of one player. You also paid way too much for Mark Anderson by the way.

  25. jimyritz says: Oct 24, 2012 11:48 AM

    Didn’t Buffalo wonder why Houston was so willing to let him go? Free agency is a crapshoot- you can’t listen to the fans otherwise you end up like Buffalo…

  26. htown1035 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:01 PM

    buffalose says: Oct 24, 2012 9:59 AM

    How quickly Texans forget their misfortunes. How is their play off record since coming into the league ?

    ——————————————————-

    Much better than Buffalo’s…thanks!

  27. htown1035 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:48 PM

    Forgot to add – much better than Buffalo’s during that stretch.

  28. bbellzy says: Oct 24, 2012 1:01 PM

    The sad thing about this whole situation is that Mario’s lack of production is hiding the fact that when the front 4 aren’t able to stop the run at or near the line of scrimmage, (which they have done a pretty good job at doing most of the time) the linebackers are no where to be found plugging those holes. That’s why the Bills are last against the run in the league. Dareus and Kyle Williams are beasts up the middle, Mario always goes outside, who’s plugging in those damn holes?!?!

    Its easy to jump on a guy who signs a big contract and doesn’t live up to it in the first 7 games, but Mario has 5+ years to go. Everyone is so quick to jump from bandwagon to bandwagon. Get behind the guy if you’re a fan!

  29. cskreager says: Oct 24, 2012 1:30 PM

    Let’s at least give him another year before declaring his career over.

    Jay Cutler in Chicago- first year was a huge disappointment. He turned it around in year 2. Were any of you in 2009 saying he was the biggest QB signing bust?

    Not every player who signs a big contract lights it up in year 1. Conversely, we’ve seen players play great early tail off after that.

    I’m not defending Williams, but let’s not be demanding he retire just yet.

  30. bleed4philly says: Oct 24, 2012 2:00 PM

    You should consider giving that $$$ back too.

  31. billsboy88 says: Oct 24, 2012 2:53 PM

    He had the surgery and he isn’t expected to miss any time. So whatever

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