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Source: Mario Williams contemplating wrist surgery

By Tim Graham

WilliamsMMugMario Williams' disappointing season might be on the verge of getting even more depressing.

Williams, the Buffalo Bills pass-rusher and record-holder for the NFL's richest defensive contract, is considering surgery on his injured left wrist while the team is on its bye, The Buffalo News has learned.

The Bills signed Williams in March to a six-year contract worth as much as $100 million, but his production hasn't justified the expense. He has noted his wrist injury is part of the problem.

Williams had no sacks, no quarterback hits and one solo tackle in Sunday's heartbreaking loss to the Tennessee Titans in Ralph Wilson Stadium. He has 3.5 sacks this season, tying him for 32nd in the NFL.

The Bills had no comment tonight about Williams' possible surgery and deferred all questions to head coach Chan Gailey, who will conduct a regularly scheduled news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Williams' agent, Ben Dogra, didn't return messages left by The Buffalo News.

The Bills' other free-agent signee expected to improve the pass rush, defensive end Mark Anderson, has missed the past two games after knee surgery.

To be without Williams would be another blow to a defense that was supposed to be playoff-worthy but ranks at or near the bottom of the league in many cateogries. The Bills are in last place in the AFC East.

Williams and Gailey frequently have mentioned the wrist injury -- albeit in vague terms -- as a reason why the two-time Pro Bowler hasn't flourished since the regular season began.

Williams has blamed the wrist for his lack of production, although the Bills didn't think the problem was serious enough to list him on the NFL's official injury report until two weeks ago.

Williams and Gailey have insisted the wrist hasn't caused him to miss any practices, but the NFL last week fined the Bills $20,000 for violating the league policy on reporting injuries.

In explaining the fine, the NFL revealed Williams' wrist was sprained.

Gailey deflected questions about Williams' wrist injury Monday.

"I can't speak for him," Gailey said. "He's the one that's got to answer to that. I can't tell you whether he's being affected by it at all, or a little bit, or what it is. I can't tell."

When asked if he discusses the injury with Williams, Gailey replied, "No. I ask him how it's going, and he says it's all right."

Gailey admitted to reporters two weeks ago in Phoenix he's intentionally ambiguous about injuries when talking to the media.

Williams was unavailable to reporters Monday. He usually fields questions at his locker on Wednesdays.

"I need to play better, and I need to get healthy," Williams said after Sunday's loss. "It's No. 1 on my point.

"I can say this and you can take it however you want to take it, but it really don't matter to me. I really don't care what you think. At the end of the day I know I need to get physically back into things so I'm not hesitating."

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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.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


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.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


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.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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