DE Mario Williams

Training Camp — July 31, 2013

Q: How sore are you?

A: I’m fine.

Q: When did it happen and what has happened since?

A: Anything regarding it being sore or bruises, aches, anything like that, Coach is handling. I’m pretty sure he probably already answered it. I can’t because what has been said as far as amongst our team and how we’re supposed to handle those things, that’s up to him to talk about. I can’t discuss it.

Q: How did it happen?

A: I can’t discuss it.

Q: Did it just pop up or did it occur before camp?

A: I can’t discuss it. I’m pretty sure he’s handled it. I heard a little bit about yesterday and I’m pretty sure he handled today. I mean I don’t know what was said, but did he tell you anything?

Q: He said you needed rest and got an outside medical examination. Said you needed a couple days rest. Are you worried it could flare up in to another wrist situation?

A: No, not worried about it.

Q: We didn’t ask him because we figured you would tell us. He just said it was a sore foot.

A: Maybe you could ask the training staff.

Q: We’re not allowed to talk to them.

A: Oh man, I guess it’s a pretty tough world. (jokingly)

Q: So you’re not worried it’s going to flare up again?

A: No, I’m not worried at all. I just think it’s not that serious. I understand and I appreciate the concern and I know I’m on your mind. I’m alright.

Q: It’s two years in a row; there’s been a lot of confusion about you and a year. I know a degree of that is out of your control?

A: Most of it.

Q: Two years in a row a coach of yours has been put in a bad spot trying to explain your injuries. What are your thoughts on how that could’ve been handled differently?

A: At the end of the day, the coach handles all the injuries. However he goes about handling it, like I said, that’s out of my control. We’re told from day one, from our policies and how we run, that anything involving, like I said, any ailments is discussed and brought to attention by him. We’re all in this thing together. We’re all on the same page. However he portrays it you guys, I don’t know, but I know I got to honor my word and honor him as far as going off and just saying stuff. That’s the way he wants it ran, that’s how it’s gonna be ran.

Q: Do you know when you can return to practice?

A: Nope. I think he said that didn’t he?

Q: Did you participate in the conditioning test?

A: Yeah. You didn’t see it? You weren’t out there were you? You guys couldn’t be out there? Oh, yeah I did.

Q: When you first experienced the soreness, was there an initial fear that this might be something serious?

A: Nah.

Q: Are you concerned with missing practice time?

A: I’d love to be out there obviously, but like I said this is precaution and I’m just following orders.

Q: If there was a game Sunday could you play?

A: There’s not.

Q: Do you have a good grasp already of the defense?

A: I’m all over it. Just all over it. That’s not a problem.

Q: So everything is basically installed right now, you’re just practicing it?

A: No, everything is not installed, but I know it. I’m in the book. That’s first and foremost most important. You can’t go out there and play fast if you don’t know it. I’m sure a bunch of guys are the same way, but that’s very important to me. Especially in my position, doing the things I do. I got to know what I’m doing, what the guys next to me are doing, so I’m all over it.

Q: Why do you seem to seek second opinions on your injuries? Is that your philosophy?

A: It’s not just my philosophy. Like I said, I’m going off the training staff, but you guys can’t talk to them, so you probably wouldn’t know that.

Q: So you can see the spot we’re in.

A: It’s a tough one man; we’re all in tough spots.

Q: You went out in pads this morning. Did you feel like you’d be able to go? If so, what changed?

A: I knew somebody was going to ask that. That once again is a rule by Coach. When we come out, the dress of the day is the dress of the day. We come out together the same way, do it again… depending on what happens, depending on what he tells me to do, regarding the next time it’ll be the same thing. The dress of the day is the dress of the day. If he said come out here in shorts, we’d all be out here in shorts.

Q: So it wasn’t a reflection that you thought you might be able to go?

A: I dressed for the day.

Q: With your wrist injury, you couldn’t do lifting. With this do you have any trouble doing leg stuff?

A: You’re just trying to find every direction you can.

Q: No, last year became an issue because you couldn’t build your upper body strength.

A: I’m good.

Q: So, will it be more of what we saw out there today, working off to the side?

A: Until the Coach makes a decision and announces it. I don’t know what else to say. I don’t know.

Q: How do you find all of this? Do you find it amusing?

A: It is part of the business. Whenever you’ve got, the head man whatever he says goes. I’m not going to sit here and step on anybody’s toes. I’m not going to sit here and go around the back to answer something about whatever. From day one, that’s what it is. If anything is addressed about helmets, he does that. I’m not going over the top of what he says. I’m strictly about what he says. So all I can say is I’m sure he’ll address if he hasn’t already.

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