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Tramon Williams’ 2011 shoulder injury still hasn’t fully healed

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Packers cornerback Tramon Williams suffered a right shoulder injury in the first game of the 2011 season. A year and a half later, he’s still feeling its effects.

Williams said on 105.7 The Fan that after sitting out Week Two of 2011 with that injury, he decided to tough it out and keep playing through it for the rest of 2011. The shoulder was still bothering him when the 2012 season started, but he kept toughing it out last year, too. As a result, he says, the injury still hasn’t fully healed.

“I had some tears in my shoulder and I had nerve damage in my shoulder, and it was tough,” Williams said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I only missed one game because of it, but it should have been one of those things to where I should have sat down for quite a few games. But at the same time, I haven’t been hurt at any point in my career. So you always want to be that guy who shows up and sends a message to your teammates like, ‘OK, this guy, he’s hurt but he’s out here for his teammates.’ And that’s what I wanted to show. I wanted to show that I could play through that and I did. I got through it. Everyone goes through adversity at some point in their career — that was one of my points, and I got through it.”

Williams’ shoulder injury was not listed on the Packers’ injury report last season, apparently because Williams never considered missing any time with it. But he acknowledged that he’s not as good a cornerback with a bad shoulder because he can’t jam receivers at the line of scrimmage the way he’d like.

“We press a lot in Green Bay so I wasn’t able to do it at that point, wasn’t able to do anything,” Williams said. “So it was kind of hard to sit back, because when you’re off you’re kind of giving away some throws. You don’t want to give up anything. So you have to kind of compensate your game for the injury, but like I said, I got through it and just continue to progress. Like I said, I had nerve damage, so that’s one thing that takes time. It could be a year, it could be two years to come back. And it’s made progress, but it’s still coming. So it’s one of those deals to where my shoulder’s still getting better at this point. I’m still working on it and hopefully it comes all the way back this year.”

In a sign of how much his teammates appreciated him fighting through that injury, the Packers voted Williams the winner of their Ed Block Courage Award.

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36 Responses to “Tramon Williams’ 2011 shoulder injury still hasn’t fully healed”
  1. rpiotr01 says: Mar 7, 2013 1:20 PM

    Stories like this are probably why we fans shouldn’t be so quick to judge a player’s performance. Granted, sometimes it’s obvious when a guy is dogging it, but sometimes there’s more going on than we know.

  2. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 7, 2013 1:24 PM

    He was incredible in 2010, but hadn’t been the same guy these last 2 years. He better come all the way back, otherwise he’s not worth the massive contract they gave him.

  3. tsi431 says: Mar 7, 2013 1:27 PM

    He is only saying this because he is about to be waived.

  4. bobby2478 says: Mar 7, 2013 1:32 PM

    While he was tough by “toughing it out” and didn’t miss any games, he potentially could suffer long term damage because of it. Anytime there is nerve damage, that isn’t something to mess around with, as it could have lingering negative effects for the rest of his life.

    Hopefully his shoulder heals up and he doesn’t experience any long term shoulder problems because of the lingering nerve damage. Definitely props for playing through the injury, but hope he and other players don’t experience long term problems due to their decision to play through the injury instead of letting it heal properly (talking about injuries where nerve damage results).

  5. axespray says: Mar 7, 2013 1:35 PM

    that explains how shields became a better tackler last year.

  6. roastbeefsandwich says: Mar 7, 2013 1:45 PM

    When he was 100%, the plays he would make were amazing. I wonder if he is ever going to be the same.

  7. skittlesareyum says: Mar 7, 2013 1:49 PM

    Of course there’s another Packers injury.

  8. gbpbacker84 says: Mar 7, 2013 2:01 PM

    Damaged goods, you could tell he wanted no part of AP in the open field as well, it’s in his head and now he’s making excuses. Shields passed him and Hayward is a future star, time to take that salary off the books and use it towards somebody else.

  9. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Mar 7, 2013 2:03 PM

    yeah, it’s the offseason and packers players are STILL getting hurt.

  10. whatjusthapped says: Mar 7, 2013 2:16 PM

    It may be true, it could be an excuse. Either way, he is paid way too much money considering how he played on the field.

    Either he heals quickly and returns to form or the Packers should waive him. Peterson never gets those 200 yards if he had been willing to tackle.

  11. jjthesportsguy says: Mar 7, 2013 2:20 PM

    Yeah, here’s a shocker…nerve injuries don’t heal quickly. Just ask Peyton.

  12. jjthesportsguy says: Mar 7, 2013 2:22 PM

    This is for a few of you…how is this another injury? Anyone who has watched a Packer game in the past 2 years knows Tramon has had an injury….knuckleheads.

  13. glac1 says: Mar 7, 2013 2:27 PM

    We need to look in another direction. We have to many who are constantly fighting nagging injuries.

  14. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 7, 2013 2:28 PM

    So instead of stepping aside and letting a healthy guy play he toughs its out to the detriment of his team. Even he said he “couldn’t do anything”. That’s sending the wrong message.

  15. purplepunisher says: Mar 7, 2013 2:31 PM

    last time i saw this marshmellow he. and the rest of the packers defense were jumping out of the way and falling down on purpose hopung to avoid being run over by Adrian Peterson again.

    There whole team is soft.

  16. gbpbacker84 says: Mar 7, 2013 2:43 PM

    Wow, I am a Packer fan, but lots of you guys need to realize this is not the same Tramon who returned the pick 6 vs Atlanta in the SB XLV run to glory. His cap number is 6 million this year. If you honestly believe he is worth that after the past 2 years, without assurance that he will ever be the same, then I guess I am starting to realize why us Packer fans have a bad rep on these boards. It is one thing to use common sense, but to blindly support something that makes no sense is a completely different story.

  17. shaggytoodle says: Mar 7, 2013 2:44 PM

    scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Mar 7, 2013 2:03 PM

    yeah, it’s the offseason and packers players are STILL getting hurt.
    ______

    Actually if you read the article you would understand its preexisting.

    Maybe you could have determined that if you read the headline.

    Happy Trolling.

  18. iamthorny says: Mar 7, 2013 2:54 PM

    What does it say about the charge that the Packers are soft, when the guy who literally played bull fighter with AD on several occasions gets your “courage award”?

    Hopefully, he’ll provide courage to someone else’s defense in the 2013-14 season.

  19. gbmickey says: Mar 7, 2013 3:10 PM

    Obviouly you didnt watch the playoff game did you punisher? Peterson less than a 100. Keep living in your fantasy world. What is it 1 win in 3 years?

  20. jjthesportsguy says: Mar 7, 2013 3:14 PM

    Purple Punisher must have not seen the 3rd game of the season between GB and MIN. Apparently you forgot that the Packers beat the Purple Punishers in the playoffs….quick, blame it on Ponder being out(we all know he loves throwing Packer defensive backs) and it likely wouldn’t have made a difference.

  21. glac1 says: Mar 7, 2013 3:46 PM

    We’re soft. We always have the same guys fighting nagging injuries (shoulders, hamstrings etc..) We need to get rid of them and find someone tougher..

  22. deltaoracle says: Mar 7, 2013 3:47 PM

    It’s cute that all the Mini haters are now able to use “soft” in their little rants against the Pack. Just try not to ask as you curl up in your official AP blanky how it is that such a “soft” team has been able to beat your rugged Norsemen almost all the time recently. Now dream of all those glory years where your heroes got to the last game before losing as usual… nitey nite.

  23. raynitschke66 says: Mar 7, 2013 3:54 PM

    Adrian Peterson and his teammates were literally laughing at Williams on the sidelines (as recorded by NFL Films) for his refusal to tackle. The games against the Vikings were the worst example, but he was doing everything he could to avoid hitting someone all year long. I really hope he gets better next year, but this really just has the stink of excuse making.

  24. bla bla bla says: Mar 7, 2013 3:58 PM

    Tramon’s in a tough spot. I currently have 2 partial tears in my right rotator cuff and quite a bit of nerve impingement. It’s miserable, of that I can assure you.

    I am also trying to let it heal non-surgically, because I had a complete tear in the other shoulder 10 years ago and had it repaired surgically. That surgery is known to be one of the most painful that there is and the recovery time is every bit of a full year.

    The thing is, if I keep eating pain pills like they were Skittles, I can function quite well albeit not at 100%. For millions per year, I could suck it up and keep going for a plenty long time.

  25. glac1 says: Mar 7, 2013 4:13 PM

    Who was one and done this year???? Green Bay…or minnesota?????

  26. tangysizzl says: Mar 7, 2013 5:34 PM

    Do you little internet bullies not have anything better to do than spew your hate.

    Heres a thought, how about you spend less time on the internet trolling and spend a little more time working on your spelling and grammar.

  27. pkrlvr says: Mar 7, 2013 6:06 PM

    When you come from a team whose qb didn’t miss a game in nearly 20 years, you’re expected to play through pain.

  28. threedeep1998 says: Mar 7, 2013 6:17 PM

    tangysizzl says: Mar 7, 2013 5:34 PM

    Do you little internet bullies not have anything better to do than spew your hate.

    Heres a thought, how about you spend less time on the internet trolling and spend a little more time working on your spelling and grammar.

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    btw – it’s “here’s”.

    Also, this is amazing considering this lumps up the Packer fan base on this site.

  29. markmae122 says: Mar 7, 2013 7:00 PM

    Although it wasn’t the best idea to not look into the injury further, you can not ever question this guys’s toughness, love of the game, and his unselfish team first attitude.

  30. themackstrong says: Mar 7, 2013 7:35 PM

    That’s because he’s a Packer -they are all soft.

  31. beedubyatoo says: Mar 7, 2013 7:43 PM

    threedeep1998 says:Mar 7, 2013 6:17 PM

    tangysizzl says: Mar 7, 2013 5:34 PM

    Do you little internet bullies not have anything better to do than spew your hate.

    Heres a thought, how about you spend less time on the internet trolling and spend a little more time working on your spelling and grammar.

    —————————————————————

    btw – it’s “here’s”.

    Also, this is amazing considering this lumps up the Packer fan base on this site
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    English teachers should be banned from this site. If someone posted a correction to every punctuation error, misspelled word or anyting gramatically incorrect, the board would crash in minutes.

  32. immafubared says: Mar 7, 2013 7:53 PM

    as a packer fan I implore him to take a couple of years off and get it fixed them come back and we can see if we need him then

    He was an embarassment in the 9er game. Kaperdink almost pointed to the receiver, “Oh your being covered by williams, expect the ball then’ .
    Considering the QB was new, it was obvious his coaches told him zero in on Williams and you’ll get lucky all day lone.

  33. eightandeightlions says: Mar 7, 2013 8:17 PM

    Why is this news? He had one OK season, and has been milking the same injury for two years now. Plus, he is on Packers defense.. Like a peanut in a turd, he stands out on a defense that has no talent.

  34. eightandeightlions says: Mar 7, 2013 8:33 PM

    Mar 7, 2013 7:00 PM
    Although it wasn’t the best idea to not look into the injury further, you can not ever question this guys’s toughness, love of the game, and his unselfish team first attitude.
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    There’s nothing more selfish than playing hurt, running away from contact, and hurting your team by doing so. If you see that as unselfish, the only explanation that makes logical sense is that Williams is just plain dumb. Anyone North of literate would realize that he is not helping at all. The ONLY alternative, then, is selfishness.

    I yeild the floor….

  35. trapshoot says: Mar 7, 2013 9:07 PM

    Talk ain’t gonna make him better. Performance will. It’s up to his body, not his mouth.

  36. greengaypaqueers says: Mar 7, 2013 9:28 PM

    glac1 says:
    Mar 7, 2013 4:13 PM
    Who was one and done this year???? Green Bay…or minnesota?????
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    Seriously? How did GB do the next week? That’s like getting 9th place in a race and making fun of the guy who finished 10th.

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