Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams spoke to the media on Tuesday, his first day back at practice since suffering a concussion on Aug. 11.
ESPN’s Mike Rodak reports that Williams was asked about the potential long-term impact of this injury and a neck injury from last season.
“Honestly, it probably does have an effect in the future,” Williams said to the media. “But am I thinking about it? No. I can’t think about it, because if I think about it, it’s going to happen.”
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) September 6, 2016
Both times Williams hurt himself on scary-looking plays. He suffered the concussion from a violent collision during training camp with wide receiver Dez Lewis.
The neck injury threatened to end his career. He was trying to tackle New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman when he landed on the side of his neck. An ambulance had to take him from the field to the hospital.
Williams returned to the field three weeks later, but decided to leave the game when he noticed his right arm was going numb. He had neck surgery a couple of weeks later. In an interview with Bills media in December he said going into the surgery it was a 50-50 chance on if his NFL career could continue.
He’s back on the practice field now, and hopefully had his lifetime’s worth of frightening collisions.