Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- Starting their third and final week of Organized Team Activities, the Buffalo Bills saw one of the team's longest tenured players return to get acclimated with the new staff and players in place.
Kyle Williams, who has been with the Bills longer than every player except for kicker Rian Lindell, stood to the side during Tuesday's session as he continues to rehab his second surgical procedure in as many years.
Last year the defensive tackle had a procedure to heal a bone spur on his left foot that aggravated the Achilles tendon. The first week of February in 2013, Williams went through almost the same surgery on his right foot.
"It's similar. It wasn't as extensive as the last one, but similar," he said. "There's a bone spur that has been there and it was getting to a point that it needed to be taken care of and we took care of it."
Playing through pain all last season, Williams said that there was actually no damage to the Achilles on his right foot like there was with his previous injury. To him and his doctors however, they elected to just take the preventive measures and have the procedure before the bone spur caused more damage.
"We've known, eventually it was going to be needed to taken care of," Williams remarked. "It was just a point where, you know, 'Let's go ahead and do it. We've got time to do it. Let's do it. Get better.' Like I said, rather than trying to manage it and hole it off, let's go ahead and where we're working uphill rather than treading over water. So I'm excited about it."
Unlike the last surgery though, Williams did not get back in time to participate in OTAs. He was practicing on a limited basis through one week, and then was back to full work on June 5. To this point, he has not participated during individual drills that the media has been allowed to see.
Williams believes he'll be healthy and ready to go by the time late July rolls around.
"Should be training camp. That's what we would think," he said. "Based on the time that the last one took, this one… that's the reason we said, 'Hey, let's just go ahead and do it. We've got time to do it, time to get back from it and to hit the ground running.'"
His first surgically repaired area, the left foot, continues to feel like brand new according to the defensive tackle. Now with the right side, it's only a matter of time according to Williams.
"When you get that thing out of there that's been there for so long, you gain some flexibility you didn't have in there," he stated. "It's just kind of a gradual deal. But, the timeline is good and like I said, I'm happy to be getting better and gonna feel good."
Williams will turn 30 on June 10, making him one of only five players on the Bills roster that will have reached their third decade in life. Williams and the rest of the team continues along with OTAs on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to wrap up the final week of the voluntary workouts.