By Tim Graham
Kyle Williams earned his spurs. Now he's glad to be rid of them.
Williams, the Buffalo Bills' two-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman, has had bone spurs removed from both heels.
Williams, who underwent surgery to remove a spur from his right heel in February, said today he's on track to be ready to practice by training camp. In 2011, he had surgery to remove a spur that frayed his left Achilles and ended his season after five games.
"Based on the time the last one took, that's what we think," Williams said of being ready for St. John Fisher College. "That's why we said, 'Let's go ahead and do it. We've got time to come back from it and hit the ground running.' "
Williams said the recent surgery happened before there was any Achilles damage.
"You can definitely feel the flexibility as soon as you get it out of the cast and start moving it around a little bit," Williams said.
"As far as the structure standpoint, it's healed. It's all about getting the strength and the power back in it and getting ready to go. That's where we are right now."
He knew he needed surgery but chose to play in the Pro Bowl when he made the team as an alternate. He said postponing the procedure a few days wouldn't impact his timetable to return.
"At that point, we didn't know" if any Bills would make the Pro Bowl, Williams said. "Any time you have an opportunity to represent our team and our city and when you're talking about the difference of eight days ... Now if it would have been eight weeks or a month, that would have been a lot different."