Just because the Cleveland Browns released cornerback K’Waun Williams doesn’t mean that their disagreement surrounding his ankle injury is going to end any time soon.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Williams is seeking for the Browns to foot the bill for surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle. He failed a physical with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday after they claimed him off waivers from Cleveland.
“We’re requesting they pay for his medical treatment and hopefully they’ll respond appropriately,” Williams’ agent Evan Krakower said.
The disagreement over the extent of Williams’ injury led to the Browns suspending him for two weeks after being absent from practices. Williams was sitting out due to his ankle. The Browns thought he should be on the practice field.
The Browns ultimately released Williams on Monday. However, Cleveland just starting waived Williams instead of using the waived/injured designation. The latter would have led to the Browns continuing to be responsible for his injuries.
Krakower claims that two independent doctors have both concluded that Williams needs surgery to correct the issues with his ankle. Failing a physical with the Bears would also seem to confirm the notion that Williams is not healthy enough to play football at this point in time.
A grievance filed with the NFLPA would be a likely next step if the Browns don’t agree to taking care of Williams ankle issues. The NFLPA is already been involved as Krakower filed an appeal over Williams’ suspension as well.