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Arizona Cardinals’ Ryan Williams Stunned by Release

May 16th, 2014 at 5:02 AM
By Steve Smith

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From the beginning, things just did not work out for running back Ryan Williams of the Arizona Cardinals.

The Virginia Tech product was totally stunned by his release from the club earlier this week after thplagued seasons in the desert.

“This release was like seeing Bigfoot,” Williams told espn.com. “It was so unexpected. I didn’t see it coming at all. I had meetings with coaches after the season and I was told something totally different than what happened [Monday]. Quite frankly, I don’t like being told something that doesn’t happen. We’re all men and we should all be able to keep our word at the end of the day. It is what it is. All in all at the end of the day I do know this is a business, but some things since the beginning of my career could’ve been handled a lot differently.”

Only two games into his rookie preseason, Williams ruptured his patellar tendon and missed all of the 2011 campaign.

Just five games into the 2012 season, Williams took a hit to the shoulder vs.the St. Louis Rams and missed the rest of that season. To Williams, the shoulder injury was a blessing in disguise. He felt the Red Birds rushed him back during the 2012 preseason. Williams said he returned to the field at around 80 percent, and was running “timid.”

“My second year I should not have been out there,” Williams explained to espn.com. “My trainers know it, people on the team know it."

It only got worse from there. With running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Andre Ellington in the fold, Williams never dressed or played one down for Arizona last season.

“I was more than unaware that my last year was going to end up being like that,” he said. “That’s really it. I was unaware that that was going to happen. I was told different things. It’s a business. You can be told millions of things and you can come in the building just like this situation, you can be told something that’s totally different.”

Williams finished his very brief Cardinals career with 58 carries for 164 yards and no touchdowns and seven receptions for 44 yards and no scores.

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Tags: Andre Ellington, Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Football, NFL, Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Williams

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