Mario Williams Injury: Updates on Bills Star's Wrist

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2012

Mario Williams has been a gigantic disappointment in his first season with the Buffalo Bills, hardly playing up to the six-year, $100 million contract he was given in the offseason.

According to The Buffalo News reporter Tim Graham, Williams' situation may get worse, noting "Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams is considering surgery on his injured left wrist during the team’s bye week."

UPDATE: Sunday, November 4 at 11:43 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Mario Williams will be active for the Bills Sunday in their Week 9 matchup with the Texans in Houston. He was left off of the team's inactive list according to the Houston Texansofficial Twitter account:

#Bills inactives: K Potter, QB Jackson, CB McGee, SS Howell, OLB Morrison, T Pears, DE Anderson #Texans

— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) November 4, 2012


UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24 at 2:31 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Good news for Bills fans as although Mario Williams had a procedure done on his wrist, he is expected to resume practicing in a week, according to's Chris Brown.

Chan Gailey confirms Mario Williams has had A procedure done on his ailing wrist. To be ready to practice next week.

— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) October 24, 2012


UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24 at 1:07 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Mario Williams (wrist) was not at practice today, the Buffalo Bills announced on Twitter.

Mario Williams was not at practice during the open session. OL Urbik returned, LT Glenn worked with trainers.

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 24, 2012


Graham goes on to mention Williams' poor production this season, mentioning that Williams "has noted his wrist injury is part of the problem."

If that's the case, that makes more sense than simple poor play. Williams has just 16 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery this season. That's not why the Bills signed a player with 53 sacks in six seasons with Houston.

Williams, like the rest of Buffalo's team, has underwhelmed this season. Maybe the wrist injury is at fault, but that also makes you wonder why he didn't have a procedure earlier. Sure, he was trying to help his team. But, how much has he really been helping?

Graham's report doesn't note the severity of the surgery, or the time frame of his recovery, but you would think that he would be out for at least a week or two.

If he can't go when the Bills are on the field and not on a bye like they are in Week 8, that makes Kyle Moore the full-time left defensive end. Moore only has 0.5 sacks in four seasons in the NFL.

Regardless of Williams' disappointing season, losing him for any period of time isn't going to help. Buffalo has played well below its expectations this season, and its defense is a major reason for that. The Bills are dead last in defending the run—giving up over 172 yards per game on the ground. Against the pass, they're slightly better—allowing less than 250 per game.

Williams hasn't been good, but he's always an upgrade over Moore. What's worse is watching the money paid to him in the offseason go to waste—at least for a season.

We will have to wait and see what comes of this, but Williams' doesn't look good at this point. If he's your IDP player in your fantasy league, consider other options.

Stay tuned for updates regarding Williams' wrist.