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"I started onto the field with the kicking team, but Ron grabbed me again," says Williams. "He said, 'You go in when we get the ball back. On the second play, go down and wait for the doctors.' "
When the Chiefs turned the ball over, Williams went in. On the first play, he ran a little hitch pattern for a 10-yard gain. "Then I fell down and about three guys piled on me," he says. "I figured this might be a good time to get a concussion, but I knew it was supposed to happen on the second play."
Williams claims he saw Meyer signal him to stay down. So he grabbed his helmet. "About three doctors came out," he recalls. "One was pulling my leg and another was pulling my arm. I kept whispering, 'It's supposed to be my head.' " Williams was out for all 16 regular-season games.
Meyer denies any chicanery. The Patriots, who fired Meyer last October, say that Williams did have a concussion and that league physicians confirmed the condition. The NFL, which could levy a fine if it's found that New England violated anti-stashing rules, says it's looking into the matter. And Williams is back on the playing field. As of last week, he hadn't suffered a relapse.
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THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING TYRONE
Is Pat Rooney running down or being run down? The patron saint of U.S. Open ball boys and girls (SI, Nov. 5, '84) has been unceremoniously dumped by the USTA. After 30 years of mostly voluntary service at Forest Hills and Flushing Meadow, the 80-year-old Rooney was told he would be replaced by an "in-house person."