Since 2007 Kyle Williams has suited up and taken the first snap of the season with the first team defense.
He didn’t start a game until the Week 6 during his rookie year.
After starting in the openers each of the last 11 years, Williams could find himself on the sideline as he continues to battle a knee injury.
Williams admitted he feared the worst when he got tangled up in the second preseason game against the Browns.
“It’s the cost of doing business,” he said at his locker after practice on Monday. It could have been much, much worse.”
The veteran defensive tackle practice with his knee heavily wrapped and said he’s still taking things “day-by-day.”
“I’m preparing like I’m going to play and I want to play. But I’m also not going to go out there and hurt my team.”
He added now that the regular season is here he’s not just going to sit around.
“If I feel like I can perform at a high level the way that I want to, the way that I expect to play, and I can help our team then all systems go,” Williams told reporters on Monday. “But, if I feel like I would be a detriment and it would just be ‘I’m out there just to be out there because I want to be out there,’ that’s where you have to be able to discern what the difference is in those two things.”
Head Coach Sean McDermott will meet with the media Wednesday morning and will likely provide an injury update on Williams, Trent Edwards (groin) and Ray-Ray McCloud (knee).