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Fears of torn patellar tendon for Cadillac



RB Cadillac Williams appears to have torn the patellar tendon in his left knee, one year after sustaining the same injury to his right knee.

Williams was injured early in the fourth quarter when he was tackled by CB Chris Johnson at the end of a 28-yard run, Williams' longest of the game.

The injury left Williams writhing in pain on the sideline and vividly showing his frustration. It was immediately apparent to him that the injury was severe, particularly having suffered the same injury before.

Williams returned to the lineup on Nov. 16 after spending the first half of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform List. This latest injury could deal him a significant setback in his career, which only now was getting back on track. Today's performance was perhaps his best since returning. He scored two touchdowns and had 115 total yards on 17 touches (12 carries and five receptions).

Initial information indicates this tear is less severe, but that would be only a small consolation for Williams. Expect more medical examinations in the days to come which could shed more light on the specifics of the injury.

Whatever the final diagnosis, Williams' injury was a turning point. The Bucs seemingly fell apart afterward, the injury sapping the emotion from the sideline.

"I wouldn't blame the loss on that, but you can't deny it," center Jeff Faine said. "We're all human. It's tough to sit there and watch this guy that came from rehabbing the first (patellar tear) to having something similar happen. And to hear him screaming like that, man, he knew exactly what it was because he's had it before. . . I really can't put into words how bad we're all hurting."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:21pm]


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