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Mario Williams Injury: Bills DE Confirms Wrist Tear

Less than two weeks after having bye-week surgery on his left wrist, Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams confirmed to reporters that there was at least a small tear in the ligament.

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Mario confirms wrist tear

After Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey begged ignorance to an ESPN.com report claiming that defensive end Mario Williams had a torn ligament in his left wrist, Buffalo's $100 million man confirmed that he does, indeed, have that tear.

"The doctor said there’s a slight tear," Williams said on Wednesday (via WGR 550). "I don’t know the severity of it, but obviously it was something that caused me not being able to use it, but you have to ask for exact verbiage from the training staff."

What isn't made clear is whether or not Williams' bye week surgery was conducted to repair said small tear, or simply to alleviate symptoms caused by the tear. Williams insists that the wrist continues to feel better - even as the team has resumed playing games and practicing - but one would think that if a tear still exists, the chances of a more severe injury surfacing increase dramatically.

Somehow, this Williams wrist situation has festered, and remains a situation worth monitoring.

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Mario limited; Anderson a longshot

Both of the Buffalo Bills' starting defensive ends will be on the Week 9 injury report, but one - Mario Williams - is a much safer bet to play against the Houston Texans.

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Mario misses practice Monday

Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams is feeling better after bye week wrist surgery, but he's not on the practice field this afternoon as the team prepares for Sunday's Week 9 matchup with Williams' former team, the Houston Texans.

Keep in mind, however, that today's practice is not part of the team's "normal" work week, when Monday is reserved for post-game film review, meetings and bodily recuperation, and full team practices don't begin until Wednesday. Williams, who told reporters that he expects to practice this week and play on Sunday, will very likely be involved to some extent when the team re-convenes on Wednesday.

Williams' running mate at end, Mark Anderson, is not on the practice field today, either. He's joined on the sidelines by veteran cornerback Terrence McGee, who has been playing through a knee that's less than 100 percent all season. Chad Rinehart, who was ruled out indefinitely with an ankle injury during the bye week, is also sitting.

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Mario talks: wrist feeling better

The Buffalo Bills are back at One Bills Drive for a post-bye week practice on Monday, and defensive end Mario Williams - fresh off of arthroscopic wrist surgery - was present alongside his teammates.

Telling reporters that he's feeling better since the surgery, Williams is expected to practice this week and play on Sunday against his former team, the Houston Texans, barring the unforeseen complication of his incision site re-opening coming to fruition.

Williams noted that he already has increased range of motion and comfort in the wrist, and also pointed out that the surgery brought him some ease of mind after nearly two months without any notable healing of the injury. Until further notice, however, Williams is still expected to wear a cast on the wrist for additional protection - perhaps only for the aforementioned incision, but perhaps for more. He's worn some form of protection on the wrist all season.

Fresh off of yesterday's report that Williams had the surgery and kept the team informed of the goings-on via text message, the pass rusher also told reporters that Buffalo's training staff was involved in the decision-making process that led to the surgery.

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No-show Mario texted surgery intent to Bills

In a move sure to further endear him to a distraught fan base, Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams reportedly notified the team of his impending wrist surgery and absence from practice via text message.

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Mario undergoes wrist "procedure"

In his bye week meeting with media, Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey confirmed to reporters that defensive end Mario Williams has undergone a procedure on his injured left wrist.

"The update on Mario is he had a procedure done to relieve some discomfort in his wrist and we expect him back for practice next week," Gailey said per BuffaloBills.com. "That’s all I know at this point."

It's not known whether Williams had the procedure done today or earlier in the week, but the fact that the team expects Williams on the practice field when they re-convene next week indicates that the procedure was fairly minor. The "discomfort" Gailey alludes to is a wrist sprain, an injury that the NFL itself revealed upon fining the team $20,000 for not disclosing the injury in the early portions of the regular season.

We may eventually get more details about what exactly happened with the wrist "procedure" - perhaps even from Williams himself - but for now, this issue appears to be laid to rest. Or, rather, it's laid to rest until the next time Mario resuscitates it.

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Williams seeing "wrist specialist"?

The Buffalo Bills are conducting their only practice of the bye week on Wednesday afternoon, and defensive end Mario Williams is not on the field. In fact, he's not even at team headquarters, according to his teammates.

Where is the $100 million pass rusher, then? Tim Graham of The Buffalo News is hearing things about his whereabouts:

Word circulating around One Bills Drive is that Mario Williams is seeing a wrist specialist out of town today.

It was also Graham who, on Monday evening, reported that Williams is considering surgery for a left wrist injury that he has been mentioning to varying degrees since pre-season play. The Bills don't play another live football game until November 4, giving Williams 11 days to play with as he tries to take care of the issue before his new team makes a trip south to take on his old team, the Houston Texans.

Through seven games this season, Williams has accumulated 16 tackles and 3.5 sacks while becoming the second-most popular whipping boy for the team's massive defensive struggles (trailing only coordinator Dave Wannstedt).

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Mario considers surgery

Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams has been talking about a lingering wrist injury throughout the course of his slow start. Now, hes considering bye week surgery to rectify the issue.

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