While the Bucs continue minicamp this week, one player who has not been in the headlines but is hoping he will be when the regular season gets rolling is running back Cadillac Williams. The former feature back is making a remarkable recovery from a knee injury that took place back on September 30th when the team was taking on the Panthers. Some thought that Williams might never play again, but now the back is out there trying to prove those people wrong.
“It’s one of the most amazing comebacks that I’ve seen,” Bucs coach John Gruden said. “He hasn’t come back yet, but he is banging on the door. Our fans would be proud of him.” The exact injury to Williams was a tear of his patellar tendon. He tried to plant his right leg to cut and was hit to the ground by a hard knock from the Panthers Chris Harris. Williams was in complete agony on the sidelines after the injury, as were many Bucs fans that had come to appreciate the backs toughness since his rookie season.
He has been working hard to get back with the team since surgery in October, and while he’s not cleared to practice yet, he was able Tuesday to do some 100-yard sprints, giving hope that he’ll be ready to help the team in September.
“He’s ready to go now, if you ask him,” Gruden said. “He’s really putting some good tape together in his individual workouts … the explosive movement appears to be coming back. Change of direction, confidence, stamina, all those things day after day after day a running back has to do are coming to him. That’s what’s really exciting. He doesn’t appear to have any setbacks at this point. I just keep my fingers crossed and hope it continues, because it’s exciting.”