I wonder what Kyle Williams has been thinking the past 24 hours.
Williams is entering his 11th NFL season, each one ending without the playoffs. He turned 33 in June and has surgery scars galore. He has worked hard and overcome grueling obstacles because that’s what a fifth-round draft pick must do to become a four-time Pro Bowler.
He’s returning from a knee operation, just getting cleared to practice last week.
And the guy who lines up next to him at defensive tackle was suspended Tuesday for the first four games of the season. Marcell Dareus, already in the NFL’s drug program and suspended for last year’s season opener, violated its terms again.
Williams must be wondering if he’ll ever experience the postseason. He’s among a quickly shrinking number of defensive starters who can pull the Bills toward success. How much does he have left to give to a decimated unit?
Williams is a perennial captain, a grinder, easy to root for. But he has played with far too many knuckleheads who didn’t appreciate their gifts.