Mario Williams had surgery during the Buffalo Bills bye week to alleviate pain in his left wrist that the defensive end said has been hindering him all season.
The defensive end signed with the Bills this offseason in a deal that made him the league’s highest-paid defensive player, but through seven games he struggled as the team fell to 3-4. He often appeared to have trouble shedding blockers, and, as he was unable to draw double teams as he had with the Houston Texans, the rest of the Bills defense suffered.
But Mario Williams’ surgery now has the defensive end feeling confident again, The Associated Press reported.
“Nobody wants me to do better than me. So definitely, with this procedure, it’s definitely given me a lot of hope and a different mindset,” Williams said. “I feel like I was stagnant. That’s why I’m very excited to have been able to go clean it out and being optimistic about things.”
Mario Williams had the arthroscopic surgery in Alabama last week, and the team expects him back in time to face the 6-1 Houston Texans on Sunday.
“Oh, I’m definitely, definitely (playing). I’m not missing anything,” he said. “It uplifts me tremendously. … I’m definitely excited. This is a great week.”
After being away for the team’s bye week, Mario Williams returned to the team’s facility on Sunday.
Mario Williams said on Monday that his surgery has allowed him to return to a full weight-training regimen, which had been lacking while he was hurt, the Buffalo News reported.
“It’s feeling way better,” Williams said, speaking with reporters for the first time since having the surgery. “After the procedure it’s definitely feeling better than what it was before.”