FLAGSTAFF Ariz — Ryan Williams doesnt look like

first_imgFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Ryan Williams doesn’t look like a running backwho was lying on the turf at Lambeau Field after suffering aseason-ending knee injury against the Green Bay Packers just 341days ago.When training camp opened in Flagstaff for the Arizona CardinalsWednesday,Williams simply looked like the back the team drafted in the 2ndround of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech.Taking advantage of Beanie Wells being placed on the PUP(Physically Unable to Perform) List, Williams took on a sizableworkload in his first practice of camp — so much so, that itsurprised even himself. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The crowd in attendance didn’t seem to mind, as they voiced theirapproval.“It was cool, I loved the support,” he said. “I’m sure a lot of peopleout there were paying attention to my rehab, my recovery and myprogress, so for them to be paying attention to rooting me on todayfelt good.”Despite his impressive first day, Williams knows there will becompetition for carries when Wells returns to practice followingoffseason knee surgery.“Beanie will be back, and he’ll be himself and I’m ready to do a 1-2punch,” Williams said. “That’s my bro, man. For the last two tothree months we’ve been in the rehab facility together and I feel likethis injury has brought us closer together.” – / 35 “I actually practiced more than I thought I would today, for my firstday,” Williams said. “They said I was going to be limited in my playsand everything so I didn’t know that I was going to run routes, Ididn’t know that I would get that many carries, and I really didn’tknow that I was going to get the ball on that screen.”If he was surprised, it didn’t show. The second-year pro lookedvery comfortable on the upper practice field at NAU, even if hebelieves he’s not quite at full strength just yet.“I do, I do,” Williams answered when asked whether he has anylingering effects from the torn patellar tendon in his right knee. “I’lladmit, I’m not 100 percent, but I’m as close to it as I’ve been sinceAugust.“If I were to guess, I’d say I’m about 85 or 90 (percent), sothroughout the rest of this month and August, I’m trying to get thatlast ten to 15 percent back.”Williams had one of the highlight moments of Wednesday’s practicewhen he took a handoff from quarterback John Skelton, side-steppeddefensive lineman David Carter and zig-zagged thoughseveral defenders on what would have been a long gain. Thepractice, after all, was a non-contact walk-through. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories last_img

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