Bills open camp without Mario Williams on field


Bills defensive end Mario Williams said Saturday his turbulent offseason wasn’t weighing on his mind.


But something’s apparently weighing on his foot, as he didn’t practice with his teammates when they opened camp last night.

According to Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News, Williams was in uniform, but didn’t practice because of a sore foot.

“Mario reported to our athletic training staff that he had a sore foot,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “So what we wanted to do was hold him out of practice and let our medical staff evaluate him. . . .


“It’s not a disappointment from a standpoint of, ‘Gosh, I wish the player was out here for the rest of the team.’ It’s more of a disappointment for the individual. Mario’s put in a lot of hard work, went in the playbook and did a lot of work this offseason.”

Williams offered no specifics on the injury, and pointed questions about his condition to Marrone.

Having him healthy and ready to contribute will be a huge factor in the success or failure of new coordinator Mike Pettine’s defense, so the sooner he’s out there learning it, the better.