When 49ers nose tackle Ian Williams went down with a broken leg in Week Two of the 2013 season, few realized the difficult road he’d take back to the NFL.
As explained by Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Williams ultimately underwent four surgeries. After the most recent, which occurred in February, Williams hopes to be back in time for training camp.
“That’s the goal. It’s attainable,” Williams said Tuesday, via Maiocco. “I want to make sure I’m close to 100 [percent] because my position is very different than others.
“I have two guys, at times, pushing on me, so I have different angles I got to hold 700 pounds sometimes. So I want to make sure my ankle is as close to 100 as possible.”
Williams has not participated in offseason practice, focusing instead on rehab.
“It feels good, just a little weak,” Williams said. “That comes with having surgery. But it feels better every day, every week, every month.”
As Maiocco points out, the low block from Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy that broke the bone near Williams’ ankle would be illegal based on 2014 rule changes.
Like the joke about a busload of lawyers at the bottom of the ocean, Williams called the new rule a “good start.” But Williams won’t start watching the play that resulted in the injury. He hasn’t seen it yet, and he doesn’t plan to.