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Mario Williams doesn't have a bed fit for a king

By Tim Graham

WilliamsMMugPITTSFORD -- The Buffalo Bills probably ought to help Mario Williams furnish his dorm room.

Otherwise, a nagging injury situation might be unfolding.

Williams, the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, is sleeping on twin beds at St. John Fisher. He's 6 foot 7 and 292 pounds. There's no way he's sleeping comfortably. Lumbar woes await.

That's why Bills players generally bring their own mattresses to camp.

"This is my first time being away from home because typically we would have camp in town," Williams said, comparing his St. John Fisher experience with the Houston Texans' setup. "This is a little different.

"When I got here guys were, like, 'Did you call Rent-A-Center?' and I said 'No, I didn't call Rent-A-Center.' Nobody even told me about it until I got here. I am sleeping on twin-size beds and no TV."

Each media outlet that regularly covers training camp gets use of a dorm room. I'm writing in The Buffalo News' dorm room right now and just tested out the length of the beds. I'm 6-2. I barely fit.

Even if Williams pushes two beds together, a 292-pound man is going to find the gap.

Fittingly, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today sent out an email to current and former players, informing them about the launch of the NFL Total Wellness Program.

"Its mission is to build on our programs and services that enhance the physical and mental health of our people," the letter said.

Somebody from the Bills might want to protect the wellness of their investment by having a California-king-sized bed shipped to Williams' door. Or maybe Williams should call Raymour & Flanigan. A nice tip could get him a new mammoth bed by sundown.

"It is not a big deal, but I just didn't know," Williams said. "So it was a shock. This is my first time ever being away from home for a camp, so it is definitely different, But it's cool. We are here to take care of business.  It is not like we will be messing around in the rooms."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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