It turns out nose tackle Dan Williams sprained his ankle and sprained his medial collateral ligament during practice Thursday, and while it will keep him out a few days, it isn’t serious and won’t require any kind of surgery — which, not surprisingly, brought a sigh of relief to Williams.
“I’m thinking torn something, ACL, that’s the first thing that came to my mind,” Williams said. “Besides the pain, I just started praying it wasn’t too bad. … I probably at first overreacted but once we got the MRI (results), I was relieved. I’m glad I’ll still be able to play this season.”
Williams actually took some of the blame on the play (below) because he said he was playing “too high.” Coach Bruce Arians said the ankle will actually need a little more time than the MCL. Williams said he wasn’t sure if he’d be available for the first preseason game in Green Bay. David Carter is expected to slip into Williams’ spot for now, although Arians said he will continue to shuffle multiple players.
“(Dan) has been having a great camp, running to the ball, putting pressure on the middle of the pocket,” Arians said. “He has been playing at a Pro Bowl-level at this camp. I would expect this not to set him back much.”
— RB Ryan Williams won’t be back yet. Williams said he is dealing with what he described as an “irritation of the fatty pad below the patella tendon.” It’s a normal issue, Williams said, noting teammates like Yeremiah Bell, Carson Palmer and Dave Zastudil have dealt with it in the past. His knee is fine. But Williams said rest is the only way to resolve the irritation and he does not have a timetable for a return.
— LB Karlos Dansby has a mild hamstring strain, and LB Alex Okafor has a sprained ankle.
— Arians said he thought the defense Thursday had “their best day but their worst day mentally.” Safety Tyrann Mathieu not only had two interceptions but punched out a fumble, and overall, Arians said, the defense was finally getting their hands on some balls. Previously, Arians had complained the defense wasn’t doing that enough.
— Arians said the camp for second-year tackle Bobby Massie has been “so-so.” Massie, who was replaced in the first unit by Eric Winston, has been giving good effort and is physically fine, Arians said. “His biggest problem is mental errors,” Arians added.
— DT Darnell Dockett has been excused from practice today and Saturday for personal reasons.
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