Who would have thought that the K’Waun Williams situation would become such a major storyline this week? We detailed some of the events/rumors on Tuesday, leaving with the note that Williams was set to get a second opinion on his ankle Wednesday evening.
The results are in, and after visiting the Cleveland Clinic, Williams was advised to have ankle surgery to remove bone spurs:
After his second opinion on his ankle, #Browns CB K'Waun Williams was informed by the doc he needs surgery to remove bone spurs, source said— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 17, 2016
Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer goes into more detail about the situation. She relays that Williams “told the team he was retiring” and the next day “he rescinded his retirement plans and said he didn't play because of the ankle.”
Following the news of the second opinion, Williams’ agent released the following statement:
Press Release regarding K'Waun Williams suspension. pic.twitter.com/I67Ew28YxB— NA3 SPORTS (@NA3SPORTS) August 18, 2016
Williams will appeal is suspension with the NFLPA. Former Browns CEO Joe Banner thought that Cleveland might end up rescinding the suspension, but Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 the Fan is hearing that it won’t be the case:
Have been told it will not have any affect on discipline handed down by team https://t.co/81dxV3wQVR— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) August 17, 2016
It’ll be interesting to see if the team decides to waive Williams with an injury designation, which would allow another team to either claim him, or they would work out an injury settlement to pay him for however long bone spur surgery would keep a player out for. The surgery for other NFL players typically keeps a player out 4-6 weeks. If Cleveland were to keep Williams, he could be in store for a return in Week 3 or 4.