Tramon Williams

Tramon Williams has been watching training camp from the sideline while dealing with a bone bruise in his knee and it sounds like he’s going to remain out a while.

Williams says he’s shooting for the regular season opener for his return to the field.

“Obviously, if it was up to me I’d be practicing,” Williams said, via Tyler Dunne. “But it’s something that you never want to rush, especially a bone bruise. It’s pretty painful. Those things are pretty painful. So you have to be careful with those things. A lot of guys who have had them, research-wise, it kind of lingers for a while. So you don’t want to come right back on it. I’m just trying to take my time with it at this point and continue to get treatment. It’s starting to feel better by the day, so that’s all I can ask for.”

This kind of makes you wonder — if Williams isn’t ready until the season opener, is he even a starter anymore?

Sam Shields, who was the team’s best corner last season, seems to be a lock to start at one cornerback spot. Right now, Davon House and rookie Micah Hyde are manning the other side, but when Casey Hayward returns from a hamstring injury, he’ll immediately move to the front of that group.

It seems like that would leave Williams as the nickel back, at best. However, If Hayward remains sidelined for an extended period, we’d expect the Packers to turn to the veteran when the season begins.

And here’s the big what if. What if Williams remains sidelined until the regular season, Hayward comes back and claims a starting job alongside Shields and Hyde and House show they’re good enough to be the Packers No. 3 and 4 cornerbacks?

Williams might find himself looking for a job.