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Ian Williams hopes to be ready for training camp for 49ers

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Ian Williams was set to be the replacement for Isaac Sopoaga at nose tackle for the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. However, that plan lasted just two games before Williams was lost for the season to a broken ankle.

According to the team’s official website, Williams hopes to be ready for the start of training camp in July.

Williams went down in a Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle right guard J.R. Sweezy landed on Williams’ left ankle while attempting a legal cut block.

Williams had played incredibly sparingly in his first two seasons with the 49ers. He had been active for just four games and recorded just three tackles. Williams beat out free agent signing Glenn Dorsey to earn the starting job and appeared set to be a pivotal piece for San Francisco’s defense this season. Instead, it was another season spent watching from the sidelines.

“It was hard,” Williams said. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it or anything like that. It was hard not being able to contribute. But in the long run, while I was home watching the games, I was able to think about a lot and get ready for next season.”

Dorsey replaced Williams and started 13 games for the 49ers. He recorded 41 tackles and matched a career high with two sacks.
“When we went into training camp, we took a lot of reps,” Williams said. “He took reps, I took reps. I wanted him to get even more reps because just in case I went down. I did and he was able to step in and we were still able to play at a high level defensively.”

Williams may not have his starting job handed back to him because of the level at which Dorsey performed in his absence. However, the 49ers likely see it as a good problem to have as both players appear capable of handling the duties at a high level.

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5 Responses to “Ian Williams hopes to be ready for training camp for 49ers”
  1. hess97 says: Feb 14, 2014 2:55 AM

    “legal” is a questionable term. While it’s legal to chop block, it is not legal to block low while a defender is being engaged with another blocker.

    Seattle bandwagoners lose sight of that huge difference.

  2. exboomer says: Feb 14, 2014 7:47 AM

    It doesn’t take 6 months for a broken bone to heal so I never understand why athletes make a big deal out of them.

  3. wwenfl1974 says: Feb 14, 2014 9:46 AM

    just happy to get him back. go Niners!!!

  4. billbraskyisasonofabitch says: Feb 14, 2014 1:41 PM

    The Niners had to suffer through a terrible string of bad luck and injuries this year. This one was easily forgotten since it was week 2 but may have been the biggest. Even through it all they were 1 play from another Super Bowl trip.

    I expect Stump and the rest of the team to come back stronger and more determined.

    Haters can hate but the Niners are poised to be in the converstaion for many years to come (and have already been there for many years prior to this one!….looking at you bandwagon “12th man”)

  5. xestenz says: Feb 14, 2014 2:00 PM

    How many 49ers have been completely taken out in Seattle in the past few years? Bowman, Manningham, Kevin Williams (twice), Hunter, Ian William, etc. Back luck? Go look at the GIFF of the play that happened right before William’s ankle was ‘legally’ chopped off…

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