"He'll be missed a lot," cornerback Stephon
Gilmore said. "Byrd, he's a good player. I learned a lot from him when he
was here. He's a playmaker. You don't come across too many guys like him
because he's a great player."
Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams had surgery to repair bone spurs on his right heel in February. (File photo by James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)
By Mark Gaughan
PITTSFORD -- Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams says he's close to returning from his offseason heel surgery and he expects to be practicing in training camp at St. John Fisher College. But he's not quite ready to hit the field for the start of camp.
"It’s getting better," said the Bills' two-time Pro Bowler. "It’s just missing just a little bit. But it’s close and I’m getting better."
Williams had surgery to repair bone spurs on his right heel in February. He had the same injury on the left heel in 2011, although the right heel wasn't nearly as bad.
The spur on the left heel frayed his Achilles tendon and required a reattachment of the tendon. The surgery this year took place before any real damage was done to the right Achilles.
So Williams knows all about coming back from the injury. He's confident he'll be working in camp.
"That's definitely the plan," he said. "I think kind of erring on the side of caution makes sense, but it's definitely getting better. I'm doing a lot of football-type drills.
"I'm going to mix my words. We want to be aggressive with it, but we don't want to push it too much. I think we're in a good spot."
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.
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.
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.