Something seemed fishy about the K’Waun Williams story and his ankle injury that we reported earlier today, and now we know why. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first reported that the Cleveland Browns are suspending Williams for two weeks and one game check:
Source: The #Browns are suspending nickel CB K'Waun Williams two weeks -- one game check -- for the ongoing dispute regarding his status.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 17, 2016
Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer says that Williams’ future with the club is in jeopardy. Through multiple sources, Cabot is hearing the different sides of the story with respect to the situation:
- One source says that the injury initially happened during the Orange and Brown scrimmage. Right before the game against Green Bay, Williams “scratched himself” from the game.
- Cabot says the news was “not well-received by the Browns” and were not aware that an ankle injury was the reason for him sitting out.
- “Multiple sources” tell Cabot that Williams may have given the Browns the impression that he was retiring.
Rapoport followed up with what seems like could be the real reason for all of this: Williams is upset that CB Jamar Taylor has been gaining ground at the nickel position, and may have even passed him up on the depth chart:
One reason Williams was upset: Jamar Taylor was starting over him at nickel CB. https://t.co/dcBJvJzBUE— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 17, 2016
Cabot followed up with this:
#Browns K'Waun Williams is awaiting the 2nd opinion on his ankle before taking any action or commenting on 2-week suspension by the club.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) August 17, 2016
Williams will likely try to appeal the suspension, and a medical opinion to support the presence of an ankle injury might help that. However, if the team feels he was skipping mandatory practices without going through the proper protocols of reporting an injury (especially if there is no injury), I’m not sure how much of a leg he’ll have to stand on. Former Browns.com beat writer Kevin Jones, who now covers the 49ers, has an idea:
K'Waun was one of the best players in Jim O'Neil's scheme. 49ers would listen if the Browns called https://t.co/dTC4iSSKPH— Kevin Jones (@Mr_KevinJones) August 17, 2016