Bills safety Aaron Williams was back in meetings at One Bills Drive Monday after being taken to a Miami-area hospital for a CT scan and an MRI on his head and neck during the second half of Sunday's loss.
Williams was on the receiving end of a high crackback block from Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry that resulted in an unnecessary roughness penalty.
"He's walking around and he's talking to people," coach Rex Ryan said. "Our medical people are still evaluating his head and neck."
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Walking and talking may seem like accomplishments usually reserved for toddlers, but they're positive signs for Williams, who suffered a severe neck injury during a game against New England last season and temporarily lost feeling on the left side of his body.
Ryan wasn't ready to rule Williams out for this Sunday's game just yet, but said, "We're absolutely going to err on the side of caution. A head and neck injury is probably as severe an injury as you can get."
Ryan said Sunday that he needed to see replays of the hit before deciding if it was dirty, but he had that part figured out by Monday.
"It was totally unnecessary," Ryan said of Landry's hit. "Did he target? Did he launch? Yeah, he did all those. You can check every box you want. Was it a dirty hit? Yeah. It was unnecessary. And as I see it, it was unsportsmanlike. There's nothing about that hit that would say any other deal. But I think the officials got it right" in calling a 15-yard penalty.
Ryan also said that he would like the NFL to review its rules on targeting. In addition to a 15-yard penalty, college football also ejects a player who targets and contacts a defenseless opponent above the shoulders, and Ryan wondered aloud if the NCAA had it right.
"But I think maybe we need to look at our rules a little bit," Ryan said. "The college game may have it right. Maybe having a guy that targets or deliberately does something like that, maybe the right move is to eject the player from the game, and maybe part of another game. That's how college does it. And I also like the fact that they review it on video.
"I guess that's what I'm getting at, the unsportsmanlike, we're trying to clean that part of the game up, there's no question about it," Ryan added. "And we should. You don't need to do that type of stuff.”
Ryan said he wasn’t sounding off on the issue just because one of his players was hurt, but for the good of the game.
“This game is the greatest game in the world because of the players,” he said. “To me, we ought to protect our players at all costs. ... If we really want to protect our players, we need to look at things."