Jun 11, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) on a break during mini-camp at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Mario Williams not on field as Buffalo Bills open camp

Mario Williams was ready to leave his turbulent off-season behind him to focus on football when the Buffalo Bills reported to camp. Well camp has opened and Williams isn’t on the field.

“Mario reported to our athletic training staff that he had a sore foot,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said, via The Buffalo News. “So what we wanted to do was hold him out of practice and let our medical staff evaluate him.”

“It’s not a disappointment from a standpoint of, ‘Gosh, I wish the player was out here for the rest of the team.’ It’s more of a disappointment for the individual. Mario’s put in a lot of hard work, went in the playbook and did a lot of work this offseason.”

Marrone didn’t offer up more about the injury other than that and Williams directed all questions about the injury to Marrone. A veteran player missing some of training camp wouldn’t be a big deal normally, the Bills however have hired a new defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, and are installing his defense.

Bills fans are hoping it’s just a sore foot and nothing worse.

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