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Kyle Williams injury: defensive tackle expected to return to Buffalo Bills in time for regular season

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The veteran defensive tackle has been out since October. When will he return to the field?

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Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams has been on the shelf since a season-ending knee injury in October against the Cincinnati Bengals. While he doesn't have an exact timetable for his return, he has a ballpark.

"The main goal circled is making sure we’re ready to go in September," Williams said while speaking to BuffaloBills.com. He mentions training camp participation as a possible objective, but the ultimate goal seems to be a week one return.

Williams, 32, is entering his 11th NFL season and probably doesn't need a lot of preseason reps to get up to speed in Rex Ryan's defense. Even if the scheme does change, Williams had played for Rex protege Mike Pettine and excelled for a host of other defensive coordinators.

He will have some rust to shake off, since an early September return would leave him more than 10 months removed from live action, but it's likely that the team will look to Corbin Bryant and third-round pick Adolphus Washington to carry the load while he works his way back to his usual form.