The disappointing season for the Buffalo Bills might just get a little more disappointing. Reports suggest that DE Mario Williams is considering having wrist surgery. The Buffalo News asked Bills head coach Chan Gailey about the rumors, but he had no comment. If Williams has wrist surgery, he could be the second player in the high priced defensive line of the Bills to miss time this season. DE Mark Anderson has undergone knee surgery this season and has missed the Bills last two games.
Williams was signed as a free agent this season after the Houston Texans decided they could not afford to sign him to a long-term deal. Williams also missed time last season while with the Texans. He signed the largest deal in NFL history for a defensive player, eclipsing the previous record contract inked by then-Washington Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth.
There was a great deal of excitement from the Bills faithful after the signing of Williams. Fans tailgated in the parking lot of Ralph Wilson Stadium. Expectations ran high for the Bills heading into this season. Those expectations have fallen short and Williams is quickly falling out of favor with the fanbase. On some Bills message boards, fans are wondering if the team signed the second coming of Albert Haynesworth.
Haynesworth was a player that fell off the radar screen once he signed a huge contract and was eventually released by the Redskins.
The Bills handed out $175 million dollars worth of contracts to their defensive line and have had little to show for their investment this season. Williams has just 16 total tackles and 3.5 sacks on the season. Buffalo currently ranks 20th against the pass and dead last in the NFL against the run, allowing an average of 177 yards per game. Between the Patriots in week four and the 49ers game in week five, the team allowed 97 points. Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, a player that has struggled to get his game going this season, gashed the Bills defense for 195 yards and two scores last Sunday.
The Bills head into their bye week this week, but return to play the Houston Texans, New England Patriots and the upstart Miami Dolphins. The high expectations for the season have now been tempered, and one could start the speculation over head coach Chan Gailey’s future with the team if they post yet another sub .500 season this year.