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Greedy Williams announces his return on Twitter

Browns cornerback missed the entire 2020 season after suffering nerve damage in training camp.

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The Cleveland Browns need help in the secondary and they received some good news on Thursday in that department as cornerback Greedy Williams announced that his comeback is now “official.”

Williams, who missed the entire 2020 season while dealing with axillary nerve damage in his right shoulder, made the announcement on Twitter:

Williams initially injured his shoulder on August 24 during a training camp tackling drill that got overly aggressive, he told cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot:

“We were doing this tackling drill. It’s supposed to be receivers running towards the sideline and we just wrap them up like formal tackling or whatever. It got out of hand and guys just started hitting like crazy with all of their force. I went and tried to hit a guy with all my force and he ducked his head into my shoulder and ran through my shoulder.’

“I had never felt anything like it before. I couldn’t move it, so that’s why if you see on the video I was carrying it [close to his body] because I couldn’t feel my arm.’’

Williams and the Browns thought he would only be out a short time, but he ultimately missed the first five games of the season while trying to rehab the injury, and was placed on injured reserve on October 12.

Prior to be placing on IR, Williams tried to convince doctors to let him play even though he could not use his right arm, but to no avail. He also had to deal with fans questioning his desire on social media, which left him frustrated, according to Cabot:

“That was kind of one of those things was messing with me too. People don’t understand really what nerve damage is. It’s a serious matter for your health. Nerves are weird. They work on their own time, so you just never know.’’

Originally a second-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Browns were hoping that Williams could grab the starting spot opposite cornerback Denzel Ward in his second season. But his injury, combined with rookie safety Grant Delprit being lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, derailed those plans and left the Browns scrambling in the secondary all season.

While he did not mention Williams or Delpit by name when he met with the media on Wednesday, general manager Andrew Berry did say that all of the team’s injured players are “progressing really well,” which is good to hear.

Even with both players on the mend, Berry will still likely look to add some additional depth to the secondary this offseason in free agency and the draft as some extra insurance as no one really knows what to expect from Williams and Delpit.

As a rookie, Williams made 12 starts and finished with 47 tackles, while missing four games with a hamstring injury.