NOTE: A major update to this story has been posted here.
I don’t have the best feeling about this. Cleveland Browns nickel corner K’Waun Williams was mysteriously missing from this past Friday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers due to “personal” reasons. He had been missing from practice through Monday, and then on Tuesday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reported that Williams is “waiting on a second opinion on his ankle.”
(Per Cabot’s source) Williams was hoping to see [a specialist] in Charlotte, N.C., but is now planning to return to Cleveland for that exam. The source says Williams will be able to attend meetings, but probably won't be able to begin practicing yet.
That sounds strange — typically, I think of a “second opinion” being needed in relation to possible surgery. If this were just a low or high ankle sprain, then I can’t imagine he’d need to see a specialist. Browns head coach Hue Jackson was asked about Williams’ status on Tuesday, but he deferred his answer to a later date:
#Browns Hue Jackson on CB K'Waun Williams: "We'll deal with it and we'll all talk about it at appropriate time. A lot of mixed messages'— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) August 16, 2016
This gives a big boost to the stock of CB Jamar Taylor, who has drawn rave reviews from coaches in camp for his work as a nickel cornerback.