Ian Williams was expected to be the primary nose tackle for the San Francisco 49ers to open the season last year, but unfortunately for Williams, he will start training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Williams dislocated his left fibula and suffered severe ligament damage during the second game of the season in Seattle. The play showed Seattle's right guard J.R. Sweezy hit the dirt and deliver a low cut-block on Williams. The block at the time was legal so the Seahawks were not penalized, however this season is a different story as the league has outlawed the play in order to prevent similar injuries to defensive players.
Since the play occurred, Williams has undergone four surgeries.
Williams has been optimistic over the past few months and had anticipated coming to training camp healthy, but at the same time, understood that he has to be cautious.
"I want to make sure I'm close to 100 because my position is very different than others." Williams told a group of reporters after the 49ers offseason program.
Williams continued to tell CSN's Matt Maiocco, "I have two guys, at times, pushing on me, so I have different angles I got to hold 700 pounds sometimes. So I want to make sure my ankle is as close to 100 as possible."
The undrafted free-agent out of Notre Dame has only appeared in six games and started only one coming into his fourth year as a pro.
The fourth year pro believes he will be taken off the PUP list some time during training camp and is expected to compete with veteran defensive lineman Glen Dorsey for playing time at the nose tackle position.
Dorsey assumed the nose tackle role for the majority of last year in Williams' absence, starting in 13 regular season games, accumulating 41 tackles and two sacks in his first season with the 49ers.
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