The biggest injury from Sunday probably happened to guard Daryn Colledge. He came out during offense vs. defense linemen hitting, and suffered a lower right leg/calf injury. Coach Bruce Arians said it wasn’t broken but instead a nerve issue, and while the timetable to return isn’t defined, you didn’t get the impression Colledge was out long-term. Wid receiver LaRon Byrd also suffered a concussion, a difficult development when he is trying to win one of a couple of roster spots that are wide open.
It was hard not to notice Ryan Williams’ knee issue though. It was also hard not to notice that Williams’ initial MRI was clean. Even Williams acknowledged he was pretty confident nothing was wrong, just that he wanted to make sure. But this doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Williams’ history has been a issue — he’s played just four games in two years — and if Arians has made anything clear, it’s that all this is wide open. When the coach is asked if it is a make-or-break year for a certain player and he says “I would think so,” it’s a make-or-break year.
(Not that it is a surprise. I think everyone already felt that way — including Ryan.)
The yin and yang of the past two days for Williams has been his career in a nutshell. A great move Saturday to catch everyone’s attention. Then an injury issue, which also catches everyone’s attention. This could turn out to be nothing, a minor blip of camp. Williams certainly hopes that’s the case.
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