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Mario Williams 'off campus' with foot injury; answers limited

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Mario Williams did not attend this afternoon's practice at St. John Fisher College because of a "sore foot."


By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- Mario Williams has an ambiguous injury, and the Buffalo Bills sound confused about it.

Stop me if you've heard this one before.

Williams, the team's highest-paid player, did not attend this afternoon's practice at St. John Fisher College because of a "sore foot."

Bills coach Doug Marrone had few answers about the extent of Williams' injury, how it happened or which foot it was. Marrone's only update from when he first heard about the issue Sunday night was that Williams was "off campus" to have the injury examined.

"He's going to be evaluated by our doctors, so he's off campus being evaluated," Marrone said. "I have not heard any report yet."

Marrone confirmed Williams' injury was not detected in the pre-camp physical every player undergoes.

"We were all ready to go," Marrone said. "It happens. You go out there the first time and sometimes you're sore."

When asked whether Williams was visiting a team doctor or a personal doctor today, Marrone declined to answer, citing privacy concerns.

"His foot was sore," Marrone said. "We're not going to make any mistakes about it. We're going to make sure that everything's fine. Our doctor's are evaluating him. Where he is or where he goes, I'm not going to talk about that."

Marrone did not have information about when Williams would return to training camp.

Williams complained of a sore wrist for the first half of last season, but the Bills didn't think it was serious enough to list him on the injury report.

The NFL eventually fined the Bills $20,000 for not disclosing the injury. Williams then surprised the Bills by having wrist surgery during their bye week but didn't miss any games.

"We'll put him on the field when the doctor says he's cleared," Marrone said. "When the doctor says he's not cleared, we'll keep him off the field.

"I don't really try to concentrate on all that. ... You guys have to remember and I hope you appreciate where I am. My focus is on the players that are on the field."


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