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Aaron Williams: Training camp will determine playing future

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Scott Chandler #88 of the New England Patriots drops a touchdown reception as Aaron Williams #23 of the Buffalo Bills defends on September 20, 2015 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.  New England defeats Buffalo 40-32.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Scott Chandler; Aaron Williams Getty Images

Bills safety Aaron Williams suffered a neck injury against the Patriots in the second week of the regular season that caused him to lose feeling in the left side of his body.

Williams was able to return a couple of weeks later, but was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return after experiencing more pain during the game. Williams practiced late in the year and General Manager Doug Whaley said recently that he would have been cleared to play in the postseason had the Bills advanced to the playoffs, leaving Williams hopeful about returning to the field in 2016.

He knows nothing will be certain until he takes a hit during training camp, however.

“No doubt in my mind [about trying to play],” Williams said, via the team’s website. “There’s never been a question. The thing was do I feel comfortable enough to come back? I told myself we’ll figure it out after next year’s training camp. After that first hit, if you feel like you can sustain those hits week in and week out, then continue to keep playing. But if it’s one of those where I hit it and it’s just like, ‘Man, this doesn’t look good,’ then I’ll have to reconsider.”

Getting Williams back in the secondary would help the Bills’ efforts to turn things around on defense in 2016, although his name is going to be written on the depth chart in pencil until that first hit tells him what he needs to know about his condition.

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7 Responses to “Aaron Williams: Training camp will determine playing future”
  1. lanham4eve says: Jan 29, 2016 10:27 AM

    Hopefully he can make it back, but he should risk his ability to move and be comfortable the rest of his like in order to play a game. Respect my man!

  2. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 29, 2016 10:30 AM

    Hope Im wrong but he wont make it to Halloween…………

  3. Patskrieg says: Jan 29, 2016 10:34 AM

    I don’t care what jersey he’s wearing. Solid young football player, and I hope he pulls it off.

  4. drewzducks says: Jan 29, 2016 10:47 AM

    “…had the Bills advanced to the postseason…” LOL

  5. 81megatron81 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:07 AM

    Reminds me of Zach “the pain train” Follett who played for the lions 10 years ago. Had so much potential as a LB but his body said otherwise. He did the smart thing and retired.

  6. greg3117 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:33 AM

    Save yourself for down the road. Call it a career. Football isn’t worth that much if you can’t do anything with your body.

  7. billsfaninhouston says: Jan 29, 2016 5:51 PM

    As an organization, we really can’t afford the multiple personal fouls he will have anyways. Retire, dude.

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