Ian Williams still hasn’t watched the play that ended his season in Week 2 in Seattle.
The San Francisco 49ers nose tackle suffered a broken fibula and severe ligament damage when he was cut-blocked by J.R. Sweezy back on September 15, and has slowly been working his way back ever since.
“It feels good, just a little weak,” said Williams recently during the team’s organized team activities. “That comes with having surgery, but it’s feeling better every day, every week.”
Actually, it wasn’t just a single surgery that Williams underwent, but four.
“So, it’s going to take a while to get it back to 100.”
During the 49ers offseason practices, Williams didn’t take part in drills with the majority of the team, but instead worked on a side field with other rehabbing players. Williams is targeting training camp for his return.
“That’s the goal.”
A goal that 24-year-old thinks he will reach.
“It’s attainable. I just want to make sure I’m as close to 100 because my position is very different from others. I have two guys at times, pushing on me, so, I’ve got different angles I’ve got to hold—700 pounds sometimes. So, I want to make sure my ankle is as close to 100 percent as possible.”
Even with his layoff stretching into its 10th month, Williams continues to focus on the positives.
“Things happen for a reason and you just have to get back up, and keep pushing on. When you get back up and keep fighting, it built adversity and made the game fun again.”