On the sideline during Wednesday’s practice, while his teammates practiced and Ryan Williams was sitting out yet another session, he had an extended discussion with General Manager Steve Keim. At that point, the running back had missed every practice since July 28. The next day — today — Williams was back on the field.
Williams, noting that the discussion was after the decision was made to have Williams return to practice Thursday, said it was “kind of a pep talk.”
“Me and Steve, we have a really, really good relationship,” Williams said. “You know the business side of things and the political side of things and all that, but I can honestly say, anything that comes out of Steve’s mouth, I believe.
“He was the one, when I came here on my (pre-draft) visit in April a couple years back, I remember vividly, he was like, ‘Hey, we really think you might be picked in the first round but if not, we have a pick at 38, and if you don’t go before then, you’ll be the pick at 38,’ ” Williams added. “People talk, but I was picked 38th, Ever since then, me and Steve have had a close relationship. So it was kind of a pep talk.
“He really wanted to see me out there, as well as the coaches and people in the upstairs offices. I’m ready to show what I’ve got. I’ve got a short amount of time to do it. That’s what I’m going to accomplish.”
Keim found Williams again Thursday as practice was getting started, to give him a handshake (pictured below) and some more encouraging words. Williams looked pretty decent during Thursday workout, although he wasn’t pushed much. He could get up to speed running but there was no hitting, and Williams knew that. How he will run knowing guys can start taking shots at his knee — which is what would happen if the plays against the Chargers Saturday.
But Williams had just said Monday he was feeling a “sharp pain” in his knee often — even getting out of a chair, for instance — and anyone feeling that discomfort wouldn’t have looked as comfortable as he did Thursday. Williams said he hadn’t been worried about practice because he had worked out enough Wednesday to know how it would feel. It’s a start. I’m sure Keim would like to keep around a former second-rounder who, even with all his injury problems, still has promise — if he can stay on the field.
— The injury list, as coach Bruce Arians promised, was short Thursday: WR Jarrett Dillard (concussion), T Joe Caprioglio (foot) and QB Caleb TerBush (undisclosed). LB Dan Giordano (toe) remains on the PUP list.
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