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.