Mario Williams says wrist injury is hindering hand use

Kevin Fishbain
Pro Football Weekly
Report: Bills DE Williams considering wrist surgery

Bills DE Mario Williams has been the poster child for Buffalo’s disappointing defense, which, in Week Five's 45-3 loss to the 49ers, became the first unit in NFL history to allow a team 300 passing yards and 300 rushing yards in the same game. The Bills' 'D' also became the first team since 1950 to allow 550 or more yards in back-to-back games.

Buffalo made Williams the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, and he had 11 tackles, 1½ sacks, two tackles for loss and four QB hits in the first five games. With DE Mark Anderson out for a while with a knee injury, more pressure is on Williams and the D-line to help right the ship for a reeling squad that has been outscored 145-59 in three losses. 

Williams has complained of a wrist injury — something head coach Chan Gailey downplayed last week, and the team is now being investigated for not listing him on the injury report. In a conference call with reporters on Wednesday from Arizona, Williams told PFW that offensive tackles aren’t doing anything different, but he needs to use his hands better.

“I always get doubled, get chipped or get triples — it is what it is. The biggest thing that I have to do is to use my hands and overcome the whole wrist thing,” he said. “That’s what I do — I’m a hands person.”

Williams and the Bills’ defensive front have a good opportunity to create pressure against a weak Cardinals O-line in Week Six.

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