Source: Bills' Williams visiting specialist
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills high-priced defensive end Mario Williams missed practice and did not attend team meetings Wednesday while visiting a specialist to determine whether to have surgery to repair a nagging left wrist injury.
Defensive end Kyle Moore said Williams missed the sessions, while a person familiar with Williams revealed that the player's absence was a result of seeing a specialist. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team had not released that information. Coach Chan Gailey was expected to provide an update later in the day.
The Buffalo News first reported that Williams was considering having surgery. Williams signed a six-year, $100 million contract with Buffalo three days into free agency in March. He's been bothered by the injury since being hurt in the final week of the preseason.
The Bills (3-4) are in their bye week. They play at Houston - Williams' former team - on Nov. 4.
It's unclear whether Williams will be able to make the homecoming in what could potentially be the latest blow to a defense that's both banged up and porous. Defensive end Mark Anderson, who was signed a week after Williams in free agency, is out indefinitely, and has already missed two games since having knee surgery.
Buffalo's defense has been among the NFL's worst this season, and ranks last in stopping the run. It's a unit that's allowed a combined 937 yards rushing in its last four games.
And it's a lack of production that led defensive end Chris Kelsay to publicly question his teammates for taking plays off during a 35-34 loss to Tennessee on Sunday.
Williams has blamed the wrist injury for affecting his performance because it's limited his ability to use his left hand in shedding blockers.
His production has been spotty at best, and resulted in Williams taking the brunt of criticism for many of the defense's shortcomings. Williams is second on the team with 3 1/2 sacks. That's down from last year in Houston, where he had five sacks in five games before landing on the season-ending injured reserve list because of a chest injury.
The injury has also been costly to the Bills because the team failed to include Williams on their injury report despite knowing he's been hurt. Though Williams had not missed a practice through the first seven weeks of the season, the Bills were required to place Williams on their injury report under NFL rules.
The league fined the Bills $20,000 on Friday, saying Williams should have been on the team's injury report since the start of the season.
Gailey had first revealed to reporters that Williams had been playing hurt a day after the Bills season-opening 48-28 loss at the New York Jets on Sept. 9.
Williams acknowledged he was hurt two days later by saying, "I had a little freak deal a couple of weeks ago."
It's unclear when and how he was hurt.
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