Kyle Williams treated the question the way he would a running back trying to attack the middle of the Buffalo Bills' defensive line.
He made his best effort to stuff the topic of whether, given the uncertainty beyond this season, he has thought about the possibility that Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins could be his last at New Era Field.
"I try not to think about it, or I don’t think about it just because of, it’s a distraction for me mentally," Williams said Wednesday of the Bills' home season finale. "There’s enough trouble in the day of getting ready for the Dolphins and trying to finish this strong and get to where we want to go and accomplish our goals. I’m not going to make it about me and I’m not going to think about it in those terms. I’m going to go out, it’s our last home game of the season, and we’re going to try and beat the Dolphins."
Williams' teammates, however, welcomed the chance to address the leadership the 12-year veteran defensive tackle has long provided.
"He pretty much gets everything set for us," defensive end Jerry Hughes said. "Whenever the game is going on, he’s getting all the information for us. He’s our quarterback up front. He’s our leader (and) he gets us all set up. I know he’s been playing for quite a while now, but just an amazing guy, an amazing teammate. The way he works, his work ethic, how he’s always here looking at film, dissecting things. He takes the game very seriously, and I think that’s great for our room, to have somebody like that to be in there."
Guard Richie Incognito is in his 11th NFL season. He has played for three teams, including the Rams and the Dolphins, and has never heard better pregame speeches than the ones Williams delivers.
"Hands down," Hughes said. "The guy can seriously make everybody in here run through a wall. He gets you amped up, he gets you going (such as before Sunday's overtime win against Indianapolis) when there’s eight inches of snow outside and you can’t really see anything, you’re amped up, juiced up, ready to play football. That’s just the kind of leader he is. He’s not going to say much, but on game day he’s going to get the troops riled up, ready to go.
"Then, you can always catch him in here working hard, putting in the extra work, showing the young guys how to be a veteran, showing the young guys what it takes to be in the league for 15 years and to play at a high level. He’s all of that."
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Safety Jordan Poyer has been named the Bills' Ed Block Courage Award winner for 2017 in a vote of his teammates.
Poyer, in his first season with the team, returned to the field this year after a lacerated kidney ended his 2016 season with the Cleveland Browns with 10 games left.
The award, as explained in a press release from the Bills, is presented to a "player who exemplifies a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage; symbolizes professionalism, great strength, dedication; and serves as a community role model for others."
Poyer and the recipients from the NFL's other 31 teams will be honored at the annual Ed Block Courage Awards Foundation dinner in Baltimore.
"It’s a huge honor to be recognized by all my teammates and all my peers," Poyer said. "After everything I overcame from last season, moving forward into this season, it’s a huge honor. I’m very honored to be recognized as that. It’s definitely a blessing."
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Quarterback Tyrod Taylor (knee) listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Coach Sean McDermott said Taylor would start if he's healthy.
Guard John Miller (ankle) and cornerback Leonard Johnson (knee) also practiced fully.
Quarterback Nathan Peterman, who remains in concussion protocol, practiced on a limited basis. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (knee), running back LeSean McCoy (knee), tight end Charles Clay (knee), and offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson (back) were also limited.
Williams (groin), offensive tackle Cordy Glenn (illness/foot/ankle) and wide receiver Andre Holmes (neck) did not practice.