Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams missed team practice in order to undergo a surgical procedure on his left wrist on Wednesday according to the team.
During the off-season the Bills acquired Williams via free agency and signed the star defensive lineman to a six-year, $100 million contract hoping that he would bring his tremendous balance and size, speed and strength to a defense that was in need a presence to lead them. So far this season the Bills haven’t received much return on their investment as Williams has recorded just 16 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a pass deflection and a fumble recovery. That is a huge contrast to what defensive end J.J. Watt (who many feel is the reason why the Houston Texans didn’t attempt to re-sign Williams during the off-season) has done far this season recording 34 tackles, 9.5 sacks (leads NFL), two fumble recoveries and 10 pass deflections (4 of which have led to interceptions).
There is huge possibility that the reason Williams has gotten off to such a slow start this season is because the wrist has been plaguing him and not allowed him to shed blockers and successfully make the big plays that he has brought to Buffalo to make.
The Bills are currently have complied a 3-4 record on the season and are ranked near the bottom in many of the major defensive categories including 20th in passing yards allowed per game (247.3 yards), 31st in both total offensive yards allowed per game (424.1 yards) and points allowed per game (32.4 points) and dead last in rushing yards allowed per game (176.9 yards).
Williams should be able to return to practice some time next week and there is no word yet on whether he will able to compete in the team’s next game on November 4 against his former team the Texans in Houston. The Bills have a bye week this week which is the reason Williams decided to get the procedure taken care of now rather than sooner or later.