GREEN BAY – Tramon Williams still hasn’t been cleared to return to practice, but the Green Bay Packers veteran cornerback says the bone bruise in his knee is getting better and he won’t need much work to get ready for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener at San Francisco.
“I’ll just say that, I’ve made a lot of progress,” Williams said after sitting out another practice Sunday, the 16th he’s missed since suffering the injury on July 28. “Thing is, when will I be out there? We don’t know. That’s the thing. I can just stand up here and be like, ‘I feel good today.’ But that’s just me going off emotion. The doctors have to do their job and say, ‘OK, hold on. Just because you feel good today doesn’t mean it’s going to be feel good tomorrow.’ That’s the type of thing that we’re going through.”
Williams’ availability is important because of his role in the defense, but it’s even more vital now that fellow cornerback Casey Hayward, who led the team in interceptions last season with six, has re-injured the hamstring that kept him out of the first three-plus weeks of training camp. It’s unknown how severe Hayward’s hamstring is, but coach Mike McCarthy has ruled him out for Thursday night’s preseason finale at Kansas City.
“Hamstring injuries are tricky. You never know how serious they are. You never know when they’ll occur,” Williams said. “You could feel great at one point and at one point it’s like, ‘Oh, I feel something.’ I’m not sure how long he’ll be out. But I do know that he’ll do everything in his power to get better and try to be back.”
That’s what Williams says he’s doing, too.
“It’s just things take time. The main thing with those things is patience and not rushing back,” Williams said. “So we’re trying to do the best with that.
“It’s not anything they went in and fixed. It should be good. It’s fixed. But it’s just something that has to heal. You can go out there and tell guys how you feel, always go in and tell the training staff, ‘I feel great today. We can do this. We can do that.’ Then you come back and you’re sore the next day, that sort of thing. We’re just trying to be careful with the situation and hope it doesn’t linger when I do get out there.”
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