Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams injured his shoulder in week one of the 2011 season and was never the same again. With training camp right around the corner, Williams still isn’t back to 100 percent.
“We did strength tests on my shoulder (in early June) and it was at about 50 percent when they tested,” Williams said on the last day of the team’s offseason programs. “It probably was worse during the season. It was bad. I hadn’t done anything on it for a while, trying to heal it up a little bit. I started my rehab process, did that for a couple weeks, then we did the strength test to see where we were.
“They tested my strong arm, which is my left arm, and then the right arm, and my right arm was significantly weaker than my left arm. And this is my dominant arm, my right arm, so it was weak. Let’s just say that.
“It was terrible. If I hold my arm right here and told you to push it, I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t even hold it up, still.”
Additionally, Williams said the nerve in his injured shoulder is firing at only 15 percent.
Williams’ play fell off considerably last season after he had a Pro Bowl season in 2010. Part of the reason was his ineffectiveness in bump and run, which could be attributed to his injury, one that was clearly misdiagnosed as a bruise.
The question now is, when will his shoulder heal and if it doesn’t fully heal, will Williams be able to regain his old form? From the sound of it, we’d be surprised if Williams was back to full strength by the time the regular season begins.
Something like that could cost a guy his spot in the starting lineup.