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Wednesday practice report: Mario Williams out with an illness

In his Christmas sweater vest, Rex Ryan started his Wednesday news conference with an injury update.

"We've got a few guys still healthy," the Bills coach said.

Here's the latest on the team's walking wounded...

  • RB Karlos Williams (shoulder) remains "really limited" at practice.
  • CB Ron Brooks is still going through his concussion protocol, though was in attendance at practice.
  • ILB Nigel Bradham (high ankle sprain) was limited at practice, saying this week he's at "75-80 percent."
  • TE Charles Clay (back) was not at practice, as Ryan said "We'll see how he progresses throughout the week."
  • CB Stephon Gilmore (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve.
  • DE Mario Williams is out with an illness. Ryan said he called the team at 5:30 a.m. with issues and he's not at the facility.
  • RT Seantrel Henderson (illness) was not at practice, either.


Williams could be a cap casualty after the season. Only two non-QB's have a larger cap number than Williams in 2016 (Lions WR Calvin Johnson and Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh). He's set to make $19.9 million next season. By releasing him, the Bills could save $12.9 million of that, and then use that money to re-sign free agents such as tackle Cordy Glenn and/or guard Richie Incognito.

Meanwhile, the first $100 million defensive lineman on this team has 16 tackles and four sacks this season. Ryan came to the vet's defense when asked if Williams has checked out.

"No, see, he had a foot injury that's kind of slowed him down," Ryan said. "He doesn't use it as an excuse or anything else. He goes out and he tries to compete. With an illness here when he calls at 5 in the morning and he's sick, those things happen. But he hasn't checked out. He has not checked out. Has he a great year statistically? No. Sometimes, unfortunately, we look at a guy's statistics and say he had a good year or a bad year or whatever. Look, has Mario Williams had better years? Yeah, he has. There's no question. Stats will say that and, yeah, he has. But you know what? He plays and he wants to compete. Every week, he's trying to get out there and do what we can for this team to be successful.

"Jerry Hughes has four sacks but Jerry Hughes, in my opinion, is one of the better players in this league. So does that trump the fact that, OK, his stats are down? He's still an excellent player regardless of what it is. But I don't think any of these players have checked out."



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