PHOENIX – In an interview earlier this month, Tramon Williams suggested he might never be the same because of the nerve damage he suffered in his shoulder in a collision with safety Nick Collins in the 2011 regular-season opener.
On Wednesday, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy expressed hope that the one-time shutdown cornerback can regain his 2010 form, when he was a dominant cover man during the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV title run.
Speaking to Baltimore radio station 105.7 FM, Williams admitted he wasn’t 100 percent last season, confessing, “I had nerve damage, so that's one thing that takes time. It could be a year, it could be two years to come back. And it's made progress, but it's still coming. So it's one of those deals to where my shoulder's still getting better at this point. I'm still working on it and hopefully it comes all the way back this year.”
Williams’ teammates clearly knew there was something amiss with him, as they voted him the team’s Ed Block Courage Award winner for battling through the injury and facing opposing No. 1 receivers week-in and week-out.
McCarthy said at Wednesday morning’s NFC coaches breakfast at the NFL Meetings at the Arizona Biltmore hotel that the medical and coaching staffs will be meeting with Williams when the offseason program begins April 15 to determine where the shoulder is in the healing process.
“When he gets back, we’ve probably got to get on the same page with that, as far as where he is and the testing and so forth,” McCarthy said. “Tramon’s a pro. He sits in the front row, takes notes, goes about his business the right way every day. I know he wants to get back to the way he played in 2010. Because that was an incredible year for him personally.
“Once again, injuries are part of the game, and sometimes it takes a little longer than others.”
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