Aaron Williams wouldn’t say he’s 100 percent healed from his neck injury last season.
Everything else he said made it clear he feels really good about his football future.
Williams was, by far, the most physical Bills defender at the Blue and White scrimmage Saturday night.
His first hit was a shot on Mike Gillislee on the sideline after the Bills running back had gained about 15 yards.
It was a big hit and Williams knew it… while he was making it.
“I really didn’t know what to expect when I saw the hit,” Williams said. “Honestly, when I saw him go to the sidelines, I was like ‘Ok, this is it’. In my head, I’m talking to myself while the play is going. It was a cool experience. I’m glad I’m finally through it.”
That was hardly the end of the contact. Williams got a hard low shot on James Wilder, Jr and stuck his nose in a 4th and short pile up.
He said the intent wasn’t to test the neck, but that was the result.
“It feels great to get a nice contact and realize I’m ok, that I don’t have to worry about if my neck is going to sustain any big hits,” Williams said. “I’m not saying that was the biggest hit I’ve ever had (on Gillislee), but it was good enough for me to realize that I can continue playing this game.”
Williams said last December that the first hit would be the determining factor in whether he’ll continue playing football.
Saturday’s scrimmage isn’t going to be the only factor, but it was a large one.
“This was a major step in the process of being fully recovered. And as long as I keep up with my rehab and strengthen my neck and just maintain my body, everything will work out,” Williams said. “Today could have been a lot worse. I could be sitting here telling you guys the total opposite, but I’m not. I’m super blessed and thankful to keep playing.”