League sources said Wednesday the process of potential reinstatement for St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams already is underway.
Williams, through his advisers, has been in contact with high-ranking NFL officials to discuss what steps are to be taken during his indefinite suspension to allow him to apply for reinstatement.
Williams was suspended for his role in the New Orleans Saints’ “bounty” scandal, in which he offered payments to his defenders for cart-off or knock-out hits during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Williams is eligible for possible reinstatement the day after the Super Bowl — less than a year away — and, according to those who have been in contact with him, he has been using his time away from football to reflect upon and think critically about how to emerge from this as a better coach, and how to enact positive change from it.
Williams could be required to give speeches and perform outreach work related to player safety and sportsmanship as part of the reinstatement process, and he has been willing to comply in any way possible through the early stages of this process, according to league sources.