Excerpt: "Doctors informed Jacquian Williams that the sprained PCL he suffered against the 49ers in Week 6 would sideline him for six to eight weeks. Williams was more optimistic. Before the Giants’ bye week, Williams said he expected to return in time to be on the field against the Packers in Week 12.
But, as often is the case, doctor knows best and Williams is expected to make his return Sunday against the Saints — seven weeks after he sustained the injury.
“It’s time. I practiced better,” the second-year linebacker out of South Florida said. “My team can use me, and I’m ready.”
Williams is officially listed as probable for Sunday and said he was awaiting the doctors and coaching staff’s clearance Friday. He practiced all week and was a full participant for the first time Friday.
Williams, who played a hybrid safety-linebacker position earlier in the season, said he expects similar responsibilities and playing time to what he earned in the season’s first six games. Williams played a season-high 30 snaps in the opener against the Cowboys, and was in on 40 percent of the defense’s 298 snaps in the first five weeks.
“I don’t expect my role to change at all,” Williams said. “My speed is something that my team looks for me to do and I’m using my speed wherever they choose for me to go.”
That speed returns at an opportune time. Williams will be an option utilized to contend with the Saints’ myriad of weapons, notably the shifty Darren Sproles out of the backfield and the athletic Jimmy Graham at tight end.
“He adds a more explosive, athletic factor to our defense,” linebacker Michael Boley said of Williams. “He’s a tremendous athlete.” Read more...